Compare and Contrast: “Dead Man’s Dump” by Rosenberg and “dulce et Decorum est”
In the poems “Dead Man’s Dump” by Isaac Rosenberg and “Dulce et Decorum
soldier has lunging for his mask in Owen’s poem shows death as imagery
In “Dead Man’s Dump,” you see the wheels of a truck crushing bones
already perished. “The wheels lurched over the sprawling dead,” they are
are playing the role of God, by coming and saving the soldier’s from death.
Another reference to God in the same poem is when Rosenberg refers to the
many crowns of thorns,” symbolizing Jesus’s crown of thorns that he wore at his
begs the cavalry to hasten their search and find him. The troops hear him and
begin to come barreling around the bend only to hear the dying soldier murmur
his last screams. In “Dulce,” the regiment are tired and marching like “old
quite make it. He goes through an agonizing process of dying. Like the
soldier in Rosenberg’s poem his cries out for his troops, his friends, to help
his excruciating process of death.
In both of these poems death comes, but in two different forms. In
“Dulce” death is the gas that is thrown upon them. In “Dead Man’s Dump” death
are the wheels of the truck that go crushing everything in its path. The main
to come and save him. They dash off in search of the soldier only to make it
“We heard his last sound, and our wheels grazed his dead face.” Earlier in the
poem the wheels had been crushing bones like they were death taking all of these
lives. In “Dulce” death comes in a form of gas, yet it only claims one life.
The gas is referred to as “a sea of green.” The author points out that he
leave this world only to be whisked to his next.
These poems are similar to each other in the since that they both happen
main focus. When you read “Dead Man’s Dump” and you visualize it, not just read
it you see a battle field that is destroyed by war. Bodies lay everywhere. The
way the author describes the gruesome detail of the dead troops, “A man’s brains
splattered on a stretcher-bearers face;” one can literally see the guts.
Rosenberg tries to get across to the reader is that of the bodies just lying
around all over the ground. Carnage exists everywhere the reader can imagine.
The big picture is death, but Owens places specific detail on the soldiers’
survivors. Wounded soldiers yelling for the wagon to come and rescue them from
dying. In “Dulce” the main point Owen tries to relay to his readers is how
silly it is to die for your country. The poet places particular imagery on a
few aspects in particular: the gas, the clumsy soldier, and the fatigue. The
reader can see the soldier’s trudging down a dirt path, not muttering a sound
because they are practically asleep. As if given from God himself a gas bomb is
drops upon them. All of a sudden they are back alive scrambling for their masks.
You can see the gas start to rise as it dispenses. All of the infantrymen have
found their masks except one. The reader can see the gas start to take its
toll on the soldier, “Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, as
under a green sea, I saw him drowning.” Owen then goes into detail about the
eyes writhes in his face. Many can tell you about a war and how horrid it was,
Both poems deal with someone dying and not being able to be saved. In
“Dead Man’s Dump” the soldier at the end of the poem begs for the wagon to come
pick him up, yet they get to him just as he takes his last breath. In “Dulce”
the soldier that didn’t find his mask is implores the soldier who tells the
story to help him. Even though he dies right in front of him there can’t be
anything done to save him. This is like having the answer to life, but not
being able to use it because the dying soldier is right in front of him, but if
he’s gives him his own mask he will die himself. This is why Owen’s tries to
tell us that it is not honorable to die in battle.
These poems are similar, yet they do have some differences. The both
want to get across the same idea, but use different ways. The vivid narration
someone that what the reader believe is the right way than to make them go
through the experience too. War is wrong and the way that Owens tell his
reasons why there is no way a person could disagree. Although Rosenberg
concentrates more on the dying process the soldier has to go through to die
(war), it is not the way a man should perish. The reader finishes these poems