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The Arts Have Little To Do With Knowledge. Discuss This Assertion With Detailed Reference To Two Works Of Arts In Different Genres

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March 5th, 2012
Institute Le Rosey

“The Arts have little to do with knowledge”. Discuss this assertion with detailed reference to two works of arts in different genres.

Knowledge is something at our circumference at all times. We pursue and obtain it in the various stages of our lives. As children we acquire knowledge from our parents, in school, by reading books, going on the Internet etc. As a matter of fact, Knowledge is thrown at us everyday, everywhere and from every angle, without us even knowing about it. Most people know that Math and Science give us knowledge known as Accepted truth and experimental knowledge. But can we acquire unforeseen knowledge from pieces of art ...view middle of the document...

In order to demonstrate how Tacit and explicit knowledge affect us and prove this theory right, we must study at least two different specimens of Art. Therefore, this essay will examine the knowledge given to us by these two pieces.
The first piece of art I chose is called Dulce et Decorum Est. It is a poem written by Wilfred Owen, during the First World War or more exact, in 1917. It was published in 1920. Owen was part of the war and he wrote it about his experience in the front line of the war. The poem is written from a narrative perspective about a time where Wilfred Owen and the men he was with, were gassed during world war one by German forces and his friend didn’t get his gas mask on in time and suffocated in a horrific manner in front of Owen. In my opinion, the theme represented in this poem is that war is glorified. I believe this poem was written to show the English population how war really is and how vile and terrible it really is. This is very well proven in the last line:
“the old lie: Dulce et decorum est, Pro patria mori.”
This line refers to patriotism. In fact it means, “Sweet and fitting it is to die for your country ”. Owen uses powerful imagery to convey the message of the poem and to influence us by showing how horrible the war was, which makes us sad and horrifies us. Powerful poetic devices like metaphors and similes help convey this message: “Bitter as the cud”, “His hanging face like a devil’s sick of sin”.
These two quotes are examples of very powerful similes that describe the state in which the dying man was. The author also utilizes neologism to help convey his message. A good example for this is “blood-shod”, which means covered in blood. The message behind this poem is that war is gruesome and horrific. At the end of the poem, Owen calls the title of the poem (“dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”) a lie. Basically, his poem is disagreeing with the latin saying in order to show the contrast between what people were saying about war and how horrific it really was. He tells us at the end of the poem, that if we knew how dreadful it really was, we wouldn’t tell our children with confidence that it is good to die for your country.
“ My friend you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The Old Lie; Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.”
We know after reading the last few lines of the poem that the message behind is that it is not honorable and fitting to die for your country in war.
There is always a hidden message behind each poem, which is hard for us to identify and to understand. However the author gives the reader hints by conveying this message using his various methods, for example: planting images in our minds using figurative language, complex...

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