English 1101 - War Poems

English 1101 - War Poems - Chris Brock English 1101 October...

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Chris Brock English 1101 October 16, 2002 The poem Dulce et Decorum Est (which means “It is sweet and right” in Latin) written by Wilfred Owen and the poem The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell share many similarities in various aspects of the poems. Both poems reveal very comparable themes and both of them share slight similarities in form and in the use of poetic devices, especially the use of vivid imagery. The themes in both poems revolve around war, but more specifically death and misery. In The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner , the speaker is a ball turret gunner at the bottom of a bomber that is killed and then washed away with a hose. The poet gives the image of the speaker as a cold and miserable gunner being attacked by the “nightmare fighters” as he crouches. The gunner dies a miserable and meaningless death in the freezing cold of the sphere in which he lived the last moments of his life. In Dulce et Decorum Est , the theme of death and misery is very apparent in that the orator of the
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course ENGL 1101 taught by Professor Elenbaas during the Fall '07 term at GCSU.

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English 1101 - War Poems - Chris Brock English 1101 October...

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