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Assessing War in the Poems, Dulce et Decorum est and Who's for the Game?

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The two poems, 'Dulce et decorum est' and 'Who's for the game?' Are both very distinct war poems. Though they were both written about the First World War, they both had different functions. The poems have aspects in which they're alike, but they also have really big differences. 1 similarity between the two poems is that they both have names which express positive feelings about war. However, the titles are both used in different manners; 'Who's for the game?' Is an protracted metaphor, because it's repeated again throughout the poem, 'Who is to the game, the biggest that's played' And it's comparing the war into a game, which can be a euphemism in addition to a metaphor. It is a euphemism because war is a really severe, dangerous matter; whereas a match is something that people like and never get seriously injured in. By utilizing this euphemism, Jessie Pope - that the poet -- lessens the severity of warfare, and makes her readers' feel of it as enjoyable, and something which they want to do. On the other hand, 'Dulce et decorum est' is quite a humorous and ironic name. 'Dulce et decorum est' literally translates as 'It's sweet and fitting', and it's a quote from the Roman poet Horace. It's repeated in the previous line of the poem, which is 'Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.' This means 'It is sweet and fitting to die for one's nation' However, in Wilfred Owen's view it's a lie, since during his poem that he expresses his feelings on warfare, also gives the impression that you shouldn't go. 'And flound'ring just like a man in fire or lime Dim, through the misty panes and think green pale, as under a green sea, I saw him drowning.' This is showing one of the dreadful manners soldiers at the war can perish. Also this man dying isn't going to rescue t.. .

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