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another similar line; ?Drunk with fatigue.? This is saying how tired the soldiers were and how badly they were being worked. The next verse starts with panic: ?Gas! Gas! Quick boys, An ecstasy of fumbling? This verse explains the gas attack, the panic and the death of the unnamed victim. ?And flound?ring like in fire or lime? Dim, through the misty planes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning? In this section of the poem he compares the gas to the ocean, which I feel, gives you the idea of dense waves splashing over the victim and drowning him. After this verse there are two lines separated from the poem. They read: ?In all my dreams, before my helpless He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. I feel these separated lines give a more personal

touch to the writing and makes the reader feel more involved. The last verse starts by describing the appalling way they throw his body in the back of a truck and the face of the corpse. ?His hanging face like the devil sick of sin, If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood? Then Owen rounds up the poem in a great way discriminating against war by saying: ?The old lie: Dulce et Decorum est, Pro Patria mon.? This, in English, means ?It is sweet and honourable to die for your fatherland, which Owen is calling a lie. Wilfred Owen calls the next poem ?Disabled?. He imagines the thoughts of a very young and severely wounded soldier. He has lost all of his limbs and now sits helplessly in a wheelchair, thinking sadly and bitterly of the past. The poem starts by describing his

surroundings and his crippled condition. ?He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey? It was cold, because of him shivering and his ghastly suit of grey meant that his skin was in bad condition. The next part of the verse turns to the voices of boys outside. ?Voices of play and pleasure after day, Till gathering sleep had mothered them from him? Owen is explaining how he?s falling asleep protecting him from their voices and his jealousy of them. The next verse is all about his memories and he compares them to how he is now. ?Now he will never feel again how slim Girls? waists are, or how warm their subtle their subtle hands, All of them touch him like some queer disease? The poem continues describing how handsome and popular he used to

be. ?There was an artist, silly for his face, For it was younger than his youth, last year.? This suggests that his face had looked younger than his age and that it had been a good-looking face. The next couple of lines find him again comparing himself to his old self. ?He?s lost his colour very far from here, Poured it down shell-holes till the veins ran dry,? The next verse it starts with an ironic tone. ?One time he liked a blood smear down his leg, After the matches, carried shoulder high.? This is ironic, he used to wear blood on his leg, proudly, as a badge of courage, but now he doesn?t have any legs and certainly wouldn?t enjoy the thought of blood because of his injuries. In the next few lines he wonders why he joined the army and comes to the conclusion that he was

showing off and continues, saying that the army took no notice of his youth. ?Aye, that was it, to please the giddy jilts, He asked to join, he didn?t have to beg,? The next verse comments on his disappointment on returning home as few cheered him. ?Some cheered him home, but not as a crowd cheer goal. Only a solemn man who brought him fruits Thanked him; and inquired about his soul.? The next verse makes you feel pity for the even more than the rest of the poem as it talks of his future. ?Now, he will spend a few sick years in institutes, And do what the rules consider wise,? The second line saying he can?t make his own decisions. Further down, at the end of the verse he tries to escape from his thoughts. ?How cold and late it is! Why don?t they come And put him into bed? Why

don?t they come? The two authors styles are strikingly different. Tennyson tries to make the soldiers sound brave and heroic, even glorious. Owen tries to make you feel sorry for them and their suffering. Yet Tennyson glorifies the deaths, the slaughter of hundreds of men, who died for no reason, in fact because of a mistake. Tennyson wrote his poem at a time when propaganda was needed to promote a war between the British Empire and the Russians. Owen wrote his poetry based on personal experience of the horrors of the First World War, realising that war was not something to be glorified but something abhorrent.