Dulce et decorum est is a written about a soldier who dies because of war while fighting for his country. During the cause of the war, the man suffocates from poisonous gas as he is unable to put on his gas mask. The poem is written by a man called Wilfred Owen. In the second poem the death of the ball turret gunner, the theme of the poem is war. The author does not go straight to his theme. In this essay, we are going to discuss the similarities of both poems by looking at deep analytical aspects of evaluating a poem.
In both poems, the theme of suffering and death is evident. In Dulce et decorum est, the soldiers undergo physical suffering throughout world war 1 (Owen 112). While in the battle field, the soldiers are forced to live under minimal oxygen supply after they are attacked by poisonous gas bomb leading to the death of several soldiers. In the second poem, death starts with the title. The speaker of the poem is a dead soldier who under goes pain before his death.
The favorite lines of the poem Dulce et decorum est are in the first three stances because of the artistic style of writing that is featured. The content inside these three stances is so professional that it introduces the reader to want to know what will happen next (Owen 116). The scene is so dramatic that the reader creates an imaginary scene of how events were occurring during World War 1. This is evident when the poet writes Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge. In the second poem, the favorite line of this poem is the first line. The style used to narrate this line is so artist in a manner that suggest something different from the main theme (Korkuc 101).
The tone of the poem is low in both poems. The events that are brought out in both poems reflect on a time when there was war and people were losing loved one. In fact, in poem the speaker is dead. It is obvious that during such time, people use low tone which a symbol of grieving. Adding to this, both poems use imagery figures that are symbolic. In Dulce et decorum est, the poet uses knock knees symbolizing soldiers who are giving up while in the second poem, the poet use gunner and symbol of the speaker who is a soldier in war. Finally, both poem finally message advocate for the idea that it is not good for persons to die for ones country.
Korkuc, Bob. Finding a Fallen Hero: The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. Print.
Owen, Wilfred, and Patience Agbabi. Dulce Et Decorum Est. Cambridge: ProQuest Information and Learning, 2004. Print.