In his philosophical essay, â€œA Little of That Human Touch: Knowledge and Empathy in the Music of Bruce Springsteen,â€ Scott Calef argues that there is a special kind of knowledge â€œwhich Springsteen imparts abundantlyâ€ in his songs. Calef adds that this knowledge is a â€œknowledge of what something is likeâ€ and that it is not limited â€œto things we have experienced ourselves.â€ Indeed, â€œA gifted artistâ€ like Springsteen â€œcan really expand our horizons.â€
Springsteenâ€™s songs do not do this by accident or luck. He expands â€œpainstaking efforts . . . to get nuances and descriptions exactly right,â€ to make sure â€œdetails and moods are captured perfectly.â€ Calef quotes Springsteen as adding that beyond the telling details he has to pull out of himself â€œan emotional center.â€ These things together â€œshed light onâ€ the lives and experiences of those he sings about.
I want you to write a essay that examines how a poet and short story writer use nuances, descriptions, telling details, and an emotional center to give us the same kind of knowledge of what war is like. Â
The poet is Wilfred Owen and his poem, â€œDulce et Decorum Estâ€ (913) attempts to capture the experience of trench warfare in World War I. The story writer Tim Oâ€™Brien, in his story, â€œThe Things They Carriedâ€ (609-622), attempts to capture the experience of a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War.Â
How do these two writers, poet and story writer, provide usâ€”each in his own unique wayâ€”the experience of what war is like? How do they expand our horizon about soldiers at war? Â
Please make sure that your essay has a thesisâ€”a main point about these two work of literature you will be analyzing. Â After you write a draft, thoroughly revise and edit your essay to make sure that your final version is complete, coherent, and thorough, that it has good organization and support for its clear, compelling thesis, and that it uses relevant supporting examples and details from both the poem and the story. Â Be sure to proofread and edit your essay so that it has absolutely minimal errors in grammar, sentence structure, and usage.