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English Literature


Owen's anti-war sentiments contrast starkly with the work of other poets.


Owen makes clear to the reader that he is unconvinced by the rhetoric of previous poets who have declared the glory of dying in war. Poems such as Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade offer a final message of glory and bravery, with sacrifice for one's country a noble and desirable end. Wilfred Owen's poem Dulce Et Decorum Est rejects 'The old Lie'. Owen experienced war, and so his poems are more closely reflective of the views of the serving soldiers.

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