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Dulce et Decorum Est Critical Essay.

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Dulce et Decorum Est Critical Essay Wilfred Owen deals with the horror of war in his eloquent poem "Dulce et Decorum Est". The poem is written with a bitter tone to describe men before and through an attack that happened during the First World War. The theme of the poem, as the title is an antithesis of, is it is no "fine and fitting thing to die for one's country. Owen has created a different atmosphere in each verse, creating a picture that is certainly not glorious; the point the author uses this poem to prove. Owen has used the first verse to create a scene of despair "deaf even to the hoots". ...read more.


Repeated present participle endings have been used to emphasise the feeling of haste. The use of "boys" in the first line quickly shows the reader that it is youths being described in this poem, another transformation from the first verse, which suggests otherwise. Again, the word choice is of importance, unusual words like "ecstasy" have been carefully chosen to suggest excitement. The word "drowning" gives connotations of someone drowning in the sea, gasping as they are dragged down to their death. The last three lines of the verse touched me and gave vivid images with their detailed descriptions. The informality of the language "yelled" is used by Owen to reach out to the reader. ...read more.


Owen has used imagery and structure to create a negative and graphic picture of war, this ties in perfectly with the theme. It is clear that Owen strongly objects to war and uses this poem to circulate his message, that is why he made the last two lines particularly blunt "The old Lie: Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori". There is a capital letter at the beginning of the word "Lie" to emphasize his point. Owen has used his poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" to convey a message about war, it is no fine and fitting thing to die for one's country. To do this effectively he used figurative language, enjambment, informal language and carefully controlled the tone. The poem was effectively written, causing the reader to be shocked by the graphic images and word choice. ...read more.

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