Dulce Et Decorum Est In Comparison To The Song Of The Mud

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Theme and tone are very important factors when reading a piece of literature. The tone of a story can help build an emotional connection, and as you’re reading the theme can also help the reader learn something. A story can either have a negative or positive tone and theme. The poems in each collection show different perspectives of a traditional war hero through tone and theme. Collection one includes poems, “To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars” by Richard Lovelace and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Collections two include poems, “The Song of the Mud” by Mary Borden and “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen.

The poems in collections one and two all have a common topic, war. Both poems in collection one show different views on the war which can help the reader gain different perspectives of a war hero. The poem “To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars” is written and directed to the author’s significant other. The tone of the poem, To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars is soothing and loving. For example, in lines 5-6 the author talks about a new mistress and foeand a foe in the field. The author is comparing war to a mistress, something that can be dangerous and beautiful all in one. Another example of where the author shows that loving tone would be in lines 10-13 where the author is saying that he is putting war before his significant other. Continuing on to tone, the poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson which is about the intensity of war and the suffering of soldiers. The tone of this poem is eerie and intense. The author shows that in lines 39-48, those lines show the intensity of a battlefield and the distress and danger the soldiers face. Lines 5-10 also show the attitudes of the soldiers, brave and prepared to fight but also very conscious of what might lie ahead, death. These lines are examples of how the author delivers a tone to the reader in an open way.

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The theme of a poem can be interpreted differently by many people. To Lucasta, on Going to Wars is talking about a very serious matter that potentially can affect thousands of people, positively or negatively. This poem talked about how a man developed stronger feelings towards war than his significant other. The theme for this poem, in my opinion, is that war does not just affect the soldiers fighting it on a daily basis, war can affect civilians, the government and so much more. The theme for The Charge of the Light Brigade to me is about the devastating effectseffect war hasd on soldiers who again are fighting for civic freedom. War is not just about the effect on the soldiers. This can very well be the viewpoint of many people. Although war is not just about soldiers it is important to not dismiss the long termlongterm effects war can have on them. They’re civilians also who endanger their lives so others can be free and it would be a disservice to ignore that fact.

In collection two we have poems, “The Song of the Mud” by Mary Borden and “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen. The tone of the poem The Song of the Mud is gruesome and eye openingeyeopening. This poem talks about how war is glorified and not seen as a horribly dangerous thing that is way too common in this world. In lines 27-36 the author states how at first the soldiers stepped over the mud graciously they’re now being submerged in it, probably because many soldiers are being hurt. The poem Dulce et Decorum Est also speaks about the dangers soldiers face and how incredibly honorable it is to die for one’s country. The tone of the poem is angry, this can be shown in lines 21-27 the details of the blood being shed and lives being lost. But it all seems to not be taken as seriously as it should because they were dying for their country, and what better and honorable way to die than that.

The poems in both these sections were very similar in tone and in information coverage, especially the poems in collection two. The theme for the poem The Song of the Mud and Dulce et Decorum Est is that just because something is being glorified it is not the best option for everyone. The thing being glorified wouldwold be war, it is not less of a death because one died for their country and it does not make it any less sad. Many lives would be saved around the world if being in a war was not so glorified.

In conclusion, both of the collections of poems did an amazing job of telling a different perspective of war and of the soldiers. The tone for each poem was very fitting and kept me as the reader engaged but it also seemed repetitive. The themes of the poems, of course, vary between person because we can all take from it what we want. Everyone will always have different perceptions of the theme which is why the theme is important in a story. 


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