He was shot in the leg in “No Mans Land”
The place between the English and German
He lay there for three days because every time
he lifted his head up he was fired at by the
His friends dragged him back. He lived.
Who was he?
Wilfred Owen “Dulce et Decorum Est”
“Anthem for Doomed Youth”
•Owen was appalled by what was going on in the
•Imagery of Owen’s poems is far more dramatic.
For example the soldier drowning in the gas attack
•Owen‘s anger at this waste of life is shown in the
description of the man‘s suffering, “obscene as
• Sassoon wanted people to know the “real war”
• He writes from actual experience. The gunfire is
• He captures the moment of men floundering in
mud and “going over the top”.
• He ends with a desperate plea for this kind of
slaughter to stop.
Rupert Brooke “Peace”
Rupert welcomes the chance to go to “War” He
believes it will give young people something to do!
•Brooke thinks that England had become
old and weary.
•They were “half men” War would do England
•Brooke is enthusiastic in his celebration of
because he wants his readers to volunteer for
•He thought it would be over in six months and
they would be home for Christmas.