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Joshua Mays Amy C. Murphy Brit Lit: Romanticism-Present 15 December 2006 The War Poets The two war poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, use similar tools to describe two different realities of war. Sassoon focuses on the universality of war, while Owen focuses on experiencing war. Both poets frequently use metaphors and thick and vibrant imagery to explain to their readers their views on the subject. Owen is adamant about presenting to people how terrible the deeds dealt upon and done by soldiers caught up in war, while Sassoon presents the idea that war not only affects those involved, but the culture and eras of nations. Wilfred Owen, to aid his representation of war, uses unpleasant and graphic imagery along with swift, often unnoticed metaphors to paint the hellish, but honest, truth behind war. In this era, and many eras before, war was glorified. Warriors and kings and generals were all praised for their damnable deeds. His writing style can be called aggressive and bold at times, such as in the following lines from his famed poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est”: “If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood / come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, / Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud / of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues.” Also, Owen uses quick metaphors to describe the deaths of soldiers.
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