involves reading and
analysis of poems
leading to critical essay
A poem that I have recently studied is Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred
Owen. Written in the time of the war, the reader expects a touching poem
about the bravery of the soldiers, but instead they get the complete opposite.
We think of deaths that occur in the war would be quick and painless a single
bullet, but in this poem Owen shows us that extremely slow and intense. . The
poem protests against the idea that is it “sweet and right to die for ones
country”; by bitterly describing one soldiers excruciating death as he got
caught in a gas attack during World War I. The imagery and word choice he uses
shocks us, but the soldiers are completely desensitised to these scenes, and
that is the touching bit part for us.
In this essay I will be telling my point of view of which poem is the best out
of the two, “Dulce et decorum est” by Wilfred Owens or the poem “The Call”
by Jessie Pope.
Both poems were written during and response to the Great War. “Dulce et
Decorum Est” is about the reality of the Great War not the lies about how good it
was unlike Jessie Pope wrote. Wilfred Owens was in the British Army and
wrote what he saw. He came up with “Dulce et Decorum Est” when he was in
Craiglockhart war hospital after he was diagnosed with shell shock fighting for
• Investigate the clues…
• Make the connections…
• Solve the mystery…
What You’ve To Do…
• You’ll be given lots of
different pieces of
evidence… but very little
information about them.
• You will need to find out
what each thing is… and
then work out how they
all link together.
Solve The Mystery…
• Why was this changed?
• "what minute-bells for
these who die so fast"