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Wilfred Owen Dedicated 'dulce Et Decorum Est' To Jessie Pope. How Successful Was He In Exposing Her Ignorance Of The Grim Realities Of War As Expressed In Her Poem 'who's For The Game'

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Although both 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Who's for the Game' were written during the great war, both poem had opposing view points. Both Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope were inspired to write due to the war but Wilfred Owen fought in the western front while Jessie Pope stayed in the comfort of the home front. 'Who's for the Game' gave young men false impressions of war while 'Dulce et Decorum Est' showed readers the grim realities of war.Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the Game was written to recruit young men into the army. The poem made war sound like a fun sport game shown in this quotation "Who's for the game, the biggest that's played, The red crashing game of a fight?" This is of course way off what war is really like. The poem also gives young men the impression of war as a sport shown in this quote "Who'll toe the line for the signal to 'GO!?". She also says that "Who knows it wont be a picnic -not much- who would much rather come back with a crutch, than lie low and be out of fun?" this is of course completely different to the true realities of war since war is nothing like sports.Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the Game' is written in a very chatty style and friendly to reach her readers. Her poem also has many questions which makes the reader really consider what the poem is telling them. In a way she also blackmails her readers since it will make them feel a bit guilty if they didn't join the army.'Dulce et Decorum Est' was written from Wilfred Owen's own first hand experience in the western front. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' itself is often found on gravestones and it basically latin meaning this person died while serving his/her country. The poem tells us that fighting in the war was absolutely terrifying and exhausting. This quote shows how exhausted the soldiers were "Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge." And "Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to hoots". A lot of soldiers also got shell-shocked since it says " Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs." The main part if the poem is about a gas...

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