In Aldingtons poem “Machine Gun” it seems like he is seeing everything from a distance. It seems like he is just watching everything from afar. For example these next lines he says, Gold flashes in the dark,And on the road Each side, behind, in front of us.Gold sparks Where the fierce bullets strike the stones. When he says behind and in front of us this indicates that he is watching from a distance. Another thing I have noticed about his poem is he seems excited about watching this war. The reason I think he seems excited is becuse he says Gold Flashes, and Gold sparks. When you hear those words you picture gold flashes and gold sparks. Aldington makes you excited about those things, when we should not be excited at all because we are talking about war.
In Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon’s poems they seemed to be actually in the war and their poems are more descriptive of what is going on during that time.Their poems are from the soldiers point of view. For example, in “DULCE ET DECORUM EST” by Wilfred Owen he says in the lines 7-11,”Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.” These lines are very descriptive and you could picture Owen being there witnessing all these gruesome things. In Line 11 when he says , “the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lung” it is so disgusting but so descriptive. Owen would not have been able to be so descriptive if he did not witness this himself. Sassoon and Owen’s poems are more sad and are from the soldiers perspective.

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