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Comparing War Poems Essay

1270 words - 5 pages

Comparing War Poems

Died of Wounds and Suicide in the Trenches are two poems, which I will
be comparing the similarities and differences, which were written by
the same author. Both these poems were written by a person called
Siegfried Sasson, who wrote most of his poems during the World War
One, which outlined how bad the war was to those at home after
suffering from being Shell Shocked. I will be comparing the language
it uses, ideas it contains and the way it is structured between both
poems, which Siegfried Sasson uses to demonstrate that war is evil,
and should be stopped.

The theme in Died of Wounds is that soldiers become shell-shocked and
go insane. They also suffer from mental and emotional scars, long
after the battle, and the pain and death are unknown and unimportant
to those who support the war. The theme in Suicide in the Trenches is
that Siegfried Sasson wanted to show the people at home what life is
in the trenches and that young lads can't cope with it. This shows
that there is a similarity between both poems, which is war is evil
and those who support the war did not take the hardship of the
soldiers into account. Also that the war was extended unnecessarily.
The weather in Died of Wounds is that it was dull and gloomy because
it always used to rain, which is on the eighth line. This gives the
idea that the trenches always used to be muddy due to the rain. But
the weather in Suicide in the Trenches is different from Died of
Wounds because on the start of the fifth line it says "In Winter
trenches", which give us the idea that the weather in this poem was
cold and blisteringly freezing.

The language used in Died Of Wounds has some similarities and
differences from Suicide in the Trenches. On the last stanza, on the
second line of Died of Wounds, the author describes the gunfire
outside as if it is like hell, whereas in Suicide in the Trenches
there are no similes. On the forth line of Died of Wounds the author
says "He did the business well" where "business" is a metaphor, for it
is the earnest of the wounded solider to draw attention to himself.
Also on the last line of Died of Wounds the author describes dead
soldier as a "slight wound" where he is comparing a dead solider to a
small wound, and therefore it does not matter, and he is also
comparing the country to a solider, which is hardly notices a slight
wound. There is also some similarity in Suicide in the Trenches where
Siegfried Sasson describes the trenches as if it is like hell meaning
that war was like a place where young people went and got themselves
killed. On the first line of Died of Wounds, Siegfried Sasson wrote
"Wet White", which is alliteration, which is a type of sound device.
He also does this on the third line, ninth line and the last line.
This makes the poem sound better. There is...

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