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Dulce et Decorum Est - Critical Analysis

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Dulce et Decorum Est - Critical Analysis It is sweet and meet to die for ones country, better known as Dulce et Decorum Est is a great poem written by war poet Wilfred Owen. It involves a tragic war situation. It is easily understood. The poem also has a very unique sound to it. Wilfred Owen was born on March 18th in 1893.He was the eldest of four children born in Oswestry. He was brought up in the Anglican religion of the Evangelical school. An evangelical man is saved not by the good he does but by faith he has in redeeming power of Christ's sacrifice. He rejected most of his belief by 1913; the influence of his education remains visible in his poems and their themes: Sacrifice biblical language, and his description of hell. In 1913 he moved to Bordeaux, as a teacher of English in the Berlitz School of language: one year later he was a private teacher in a prosperous family in the Pyrenees. He enlisted in the Artists Rifles on the 21st of October 1915 there followed 14 months training in England. ...read more.


His theme of the poem is about trench warfare. Owen s hurling the pain into the readers face. The pain of this piece writing is its truth. This is something that poet saw and experienced. This sets the serious tone for the poem. His poem starts by telling you the soldiers had a long walk back to their camp and to safety and they were oblivious to the fighting. Then it tells you about a gas attack and how the men are scrambling to prepare. Then he sees his friend dying and is not able to help him. He watches his friend die in pain. Next it talks about how his friend died for his country. I basically see this poem as a soldier telling you about one of the probably many situations that he has been through. In Dulce Et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen reacts to the war by turning conventional poetic technique into some thing that appears to be normal on the surface but in reality is tainted and corrupted. The poem is written in Iambic Pentameter. ...read more.


The graphic images displayed here are profoundly affecting and can never be forgotten. The poem ties it all together in the last few lines. In Latin, the phrase "Dulce et decorum est pro partria mori" means: "It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country." Owen calls this a lie by using good diction, vivid comparisons, and graphic images to have the reader feel disgusted at what war is capable of. This poem is extremely effective as an anti-war poem, making war seem absolutely horrid and revolting, just as the author wanted it to. In conclusion I think Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est is a great war like poem. That involves a tragic war situation. It is easily understood and the poem also has very unique sound to it. By the end of the poem the reader can fully appreciate the irony between the truth of what happens at the Trenches and the lie being told at home. The whole poem is contradictory to what was being spread with 'Dulce et Decorum est.' (It is a sweet and glorious thing to die for your country.) ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohammed Imran Daji English Language ...read more.

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