These two poems tackles the theme of war. However, their messages are not the same. In “Soldier, Rest” the author transmit a sense of peace that can be reached by death. He conveys death as a infinite sleep. The author tries to convince the soldiers to give up their fight and just die, since that way they would be able to be at peace.
On the other hand, in “Dulce et Decorum Est” the message of death is different, it tries to convey death as something holy, that war gives you honour and is something amazing to die for your country. The poem ends with the phrase “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” that means that it is sweet and proper to die for one’s country. However, it is ironic, since the author conveys death as something horrible, he describes the death and the images that got stuck in their head when you see people dying around you.
I believe that “Dulce et Decorum Est” sees the reality of war and the horrible death, but tries to hide it with the last phrase I mentioned above. Furthermore, “Soldier, Rest” conveys death as something that could release you from the suffering of war.