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Dulce Et Decorum Est

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Christopher Martin Dulce Et Decorum Est After having read Owen's poem, it shows us that his attitude to war is completely juxtaposed to Tennyson's views on war, as Owen has experienced war, where as Tennyson had not. The title of the poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' means 'it is sweet and fitting'. The use of Latin in this title suggests that Owen is being ironic, as Latin is a dead language, just as war should have been at this time. Also, the Latin propounded that there was a lot of death in this horrendous war, and that it should cease. In this poem, Owen conveys the true image of war, unlike all the propaganda pieces of work from Alfred Tennyson and many other poets who had never experienced the war to know what it was like. All of Owen's information came directly from the front line, where as, Tennyson's information was passed from the front line to him via different people, so his view is partly wrong as it could have been changed by someone on it's way to him. ...read more.


Owen also uses metaphors such as 'drunk with fatigue' to display how tired the infantrymen are, this metaphor leads us to think they that are so tired that they are not aware of what is going on around them. He uses such words as 'sludge', 'trudge' and 'haunting' to describe the harsh conditions on the battlefield. In stanza 2, the rhythm suddenly increases, which displays the panic during the gas attack. Punctuation is used to help create this faster rhythm, exclamation marks and short sentences suddenly speed up the pace and creates more excitement. This gives us, the readers, an image of weary soldiers becoming panic-stricken men, and this makes the reader feel more involved in what is happening. 'Gas! Gas! Quick boys!' direct speech is used to create panic. Owen also uses vocabulary such as stumbling, floundering and fumbling to describe the desperate attempts of a dying man to save his life. The simile 'like a man on fire' is used to describe the agony, which the man is encountering, it suggests how the man is writing and twisting in desperation as the gas burns him. ...read more.


Owen refers to the reader in stanza 4 as 'my friend' to deliver a more powerful message for what he had to say next. 'My friend you would not tell with such high zest, To ardent children for some desperate glory' this means that we should not tell our children that it is good to fight for your country as it is a lie, as Owen goes onto say, 'the old lie: Dulce et Decorum est, Pro patria mari'. Stanza 4 is a very dramatic monologue and it is directed at people who think it is 'sweet and fitting thing to die for ones country'. Owen uses plosive alliteration to evoke an angry tone in stanza 4, 'my friend you would not tell with such high zest, to ardent children for some desperate glory, the old lie: Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mari', this is directed at the authority figures of this war. Owen is trying to put people off war in the last stanza, and in my opinion, this is a very strong poem with the images, to put people off war, and Owen accomplished what he had set out to do. ...read more.

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