How Siegfried Sassoon and Richard Aldington differs in their poems “Machine Guns” and “On Passing the new Menin Gate”. While both poems are about war, Sassoon, through out his poem, speaks with a sarcastic, bitter tone. He quotes: “Who will remember, passing through this Gate / The unheroic Dead who fed the guns?” When reading Richard Aldington’s “Machine Gun” poem, he talks about war as well, but he uses a lot of stark imagery in order to convey his meaning. Aldington says, “In a near shell-hole lies a wounded man / The stretcher bearers over him; and at out feet / Cower shrinkingly against the ground / Dark shadowy forms of men”. In Sassoon’s poem, readers also hear a sadness, while Aldington’s poem one can hear the intensity within the message.

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