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The paper describes how both "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen and "Suicide in the Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon were influenced by the horrific killings the authors witnessed while fighting in the trenches. The paper identifies the use of diction, graphic imagery, personification and metaphors in these poems' depictions of the gruesome effects of war.
From the Paper:"Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon are known as World War One poets. Their poems were influenced by the gruesome horrific killings they witnessed while fighting in the trenches. Through the use of diction, graphic imagery, personification and metaphors, these poems serve as a reminder of the nightmares that remain in the minds of those who fought. These images are burned into the minds of all soldiers whether they fought in WWI or are fighting in the present war in Iraq. War is the reciprocal and violent application of force between hostile political entities aimed at bringing about a desired political end-state via armed conflict. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War) War is a part of history and throughout history society has told young men that it is their patriotic duty to serve and fight as Owen and Sassoon had once believed. After both enlisted they arrived in the trenches and saw the harsh realities of war. As a result, they were compelled to convey their message that to die in battle is horrific and gruesome."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Owen Wilfred, "Dulce et Decorum Est"The Norton Introduction to Literature. 9th ed. Alison Booth, J. Paul Hunter. & Kelly J. Mays. New York , London : W.W. Norton & Company, 2005.
- Liberty, Equality, Power, A History of the American People; Fifth Edition;John Murrin, Paul Johnson, James McPherson, Alice Fahs, Gary Gerstle, Emily Rosenberg, Norman Rosenberg;2008 Thomson Learning, Inc.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
World War I Poetry: Owen and Sassoon (2010, November 03) Retrieved December 19, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/world-war-i-poetry-owen-and-sassoon-145319/
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