The Similarities And Differences Of Dulce Et Decorum Est And Disables

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The Similarities and Differences of Dulce et Decorum Est and Disables

The two poems I have chosen are Dulce et Decorum Est and Disabled. I
felt that of the poems that I was given to choose from these two told
a tragic and effective story of what war was really like.

I have chosen Dulce Et Decorum Est because it describes the struggle
of a group of people who have to struggle through the most
extraordinary events day in day out. I have chosen Disabled because it
shows the struggle of one man who everyday contemplates his wasted
life. All he has are the memories but they seem to become more distant
as the days go on.

Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patri Moria translated in to English means It
Is Sweet And Honourable To Die For Ones Country. If someone is reading
the poem for the first time and learns of the English meaning of the
title before reading the poem they may feel it is a poem that
represents the army in a good way. How this assumption is further from
the truth.

After reading the poem a number of times I have come to a conclusion
that Owen named the poem this because of the strong statement that he
makes in the poem. In a way I get the feeling that Owen was mocking
the saying but I don't think he was mocking the army as a whole just
that single principal.

All the things that they are carrying weigh down the soldiers, perhaps
they are even weighed down by the expectation of their country.

Owen says

" Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs"

The soldiers are fed up. They are so tired that even when the flares
go off behind them they don't have the energy or even feel like
turning around to see them.

Owen describes the soldiers of being

"Drunk with fatigue"

Owen is saying that the soldiers are so tired that it is as though
they are drunk. Owen is trying too saying that the soldiers are as
though they don't know entirely what they are doing. They are just
being led along like zombies.

These men are but mere shadows of the bright vibrant people that
started on this epic journey.

The pace of the poem quickens in the 2nd stanza. The soldiers are
awoken by a gas attack. This effectively shatters the mood that Owen
has told of us in the opening stanza. The soldiers are now awoken by
the fact that their lives are in extreme danger and they now have to
be fully aware of all their surroundings.

Owen says, " Dim through the misty panes and thick green light, as
under a green sea, I saw him drowning"

The green light Owen talks of is the sight through their gas masks.
Owen uses a simile saying that the man is drowning in a green sea. The
reality of this is that the man is drowning in a sea of his own toxic
blood.

Owen tells us how this memory has stayed with him. The sickening sight
of a man lunging at him.

Owen seems to have...

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