With Pat we worked on differents war poems here it is my analysis of them. I worked with Felipe Vidal.
Dulce Et Decorum
1-What is the main emotion expressed in the first stanza (verse)?
The main emotion is depressed, this is caused by the use of power visual images of pain.
2-Write an example of a simile used in the first stanza:
“like old beggars under sacks”, this simile undermines stereotypes images of soldiers as young and fit. Suggest they are filthy and weak.
3-Why were the shells ‘disappointed’?
The shells were ‘disappointed’ because, Owen develops his description of the soldiers poor physical condition by conveying how they are so exhausted, they are unaware and they are under attack.
1-How does the emotion change at the beginning of the second stanza?
The emotion of the main character passed from being depressed to being stressed by the turn of events.
2-What were the soldiers ‘fumbling’ for and why?
An ecstasy of fumbling – ecstasy is used here in the sense of a trance-like frenzy as the men hurriedly put on their helmets, nothing to do with happiness.
3-Owen uses a metaphor to describe what the gas looked like. Write it here:
“As under a green sea, I saw him drowning” An extended metaphor describes the man choking to death, unable to breathe, he falls about, this was caused by the gas. Owen describes having flashbacks to the death of his comrade highlighting how the impact of war lasts over many years and across generations.
Why do you think the third stanza is only two lines long? Think about the dramatic effect and the emotion:
In the third stanza, the author only uses two lines because it only explains the personal effect on the speaker. This indicates a shift in time as the narrator relates how many years after the war he still recalls this traumatic event. This emphasized how the impact of war is felt for many years, and many generations. By the words he used he conveyed a sense of guilt that he can do nothing to help his friend.
1-What is the main emotion expressed in the fourth stanza?
In the final stanza, the main emotion is angry.
2-Name three parts of the body that are affected by this sort of gas:
The skin, the eye and the bronchial tubes.
3-Explain the final lines.
Owen ends the poem with a damning criticism of war and those who support it. He makes it clear that anyone who knew the truth of war could not view it as was was an act of heroic patriotism. He employs an ironic tone here to create an anti-war feeling.
Write your opinion of this poem. Think about what the emotion expressed, use of powerful words, use of similes and metaphors, layout, and what the poet is trying to say. Try to use full sentences and give reasons to support your ideas.
I liked this poem really much because I find it very original and talks about themes that I like like the WWI.
From the start of this poem you are immersed in the atmosphere of war. These are the trenches of WWI, full of mud and death. Once optimistic, healthy soldiers have now been reduced to a miserable, exhausted gang who have little left to give. It’s a shocking environment into which the reader is taken oppressive, dangerous and without any real hope. The poet wants the reader to know that warfare is anything but glorious so paints a gloomy, realistic, human picture of life at the frontline. He leaves us in no doubt about his feelings.
The Death Bed
This poem as practically every poem of Siegfried Sassoon, was written during the second world war in which Siegfried fought to overcome the german army. Siegfried fought along with another famous writer in Wilfred Owen.
The poem begins by describing a young soldier in an hospital bed moving in and out of consciousness. Though he is in hospital, the soldier constantly reminds his ordeal in the trenches. Sasoon uses the extended metaphor to explain how the soldier is on the border between life and death, his existence is being gradually “washed away”. The poem is intended to portray the aftermath of the war for the readers. The speaker describes the man’s suffering as he swallowed, unresisting. In fact the poem seems to prove the fact that death might well be the peaceful end that soldiers look forwards to after months of suffering. After all, it takes away the pain and brings calm, silence and safety.
Themes: Death, Annoyance
Tone: Downhearted, feeling defeated, crestfallen
The repetition of death is presented all throughout the poem. Soldiers need to rest meaning its time for them to rest in peace living all the struggle they passed through away.
Soldier rest, Scott paints an attractive picture of death to the weary and battered soldier/hunter. Death is presented as a restful sleep where all the stresses and strains of martial life drift off to nothingness. The main characters of the poem, the soldier, are made to obey orders as the title says “Soldier, rest!” which take them to death, give up, war is over, so their lives. In this poem, death isn’t represented as being something to fear as it frees the soldier’s mind of fighting and danger that are presumed to dominate his life.
- criticism of war
- struggle of life
- battle of life & death
- meaning of life
- Key Diction
LIFE is depicted as a constant battle and a struggle while DEATH is conveyed as when one can finally rest.
The poet as a hero
As another poem from Siegfried Sassoon, it was made during the first world war(1916). This poem as many other poems from Siegfried talks about war but not in the same way as this one. This one is about an English knight that fought in defence of King Arthur at that time. In that war, the knight experienced the suffering and the tragic consequences the war gives you, such as the loss of many friends. Now, it says that the knight scorns and resent war.
Narrator: 1st person
Tone: Angry, regretful and remorseful
Themes: War, the loss of persons we care and the anger and regret over an illusion
“The dead” written by Rupert Brooke shows war as an honorable act and experience highlighting the positive aspects of war. At first he tackles with the daily routine of men before going to war, they are loved, they feel happiness, etc. He creates a warm atmosphere shared with the colours and times of the day, the weather. However, suddenly all this comes to an end when they become soldiers and have to face death. He also indicates, in the line ‘washed…to mirth’, that yet this life was not perfect and that they too have their share of problems and unhappiness, but still they do not hesitate to laugh it off as being part and parcel of life. When it says “dawn is their” it represents that their time to shine has come and that they appreciated the little things in life like: friendship, love, happiness.