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Writing about War Poems

How does the graphic horror of Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria MoriĆ¢" compare with the descriptions of war in "The Things They Carried"? How do either or both compare with the ironic, almost detached, musings of the soldier in Hardy's "The Man He Killed"? What do the poems in this unit say about glory or heroism in war or death?

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This is an interesting question because it is asking you to SHOW the irony of war; and of course, that irony lies between what we are told to believe about war--(that it is heroic, that it is courageous, and that it is noble to die for one's country)--and what war actually is--death and destruction. Look closely at the Owen's poem and you will see that he is mocking ...

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