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'Dulce Et Decorum Est' - Wilfred Owen wrote this poem which describes a group of soldiers being gassed when they where returning to their trenches after fighting a long battle.

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'Dulce Et Decorum Est' Wilfred Owen wrote this poem which describes a group of soldiers being gassed when they where returning to their trenches after fighting a long battle. It has war as main theme but it also mentions other subjects like heroism, patriotism, the victims and the enemy. 'Dulce Et Decorum Est pro patria mori' is a quotation of what Horace, a Latin poet, wrote from an ode. This means 'it is sweet and honourable to die for one's country'. The poem is divided in three clearly separate sections. Each of them consists of an eight-line stanza and there are extra four lines at the end to show the main message of the poem. There is a couplet between the second and third section. The tone of the poem is indignation and bitter. Owen uses presented hard words and sounds. ...read more.

Middle

That emphasises the fact that the soldiers are tired. The first line has the effect of a kind of erratic movement. This stanza gives us the sense of it getting quieter, calmer, kind of peaceful. The metaphor "cursed through sludge" suggests that only the violence of their language divers them forward. The second stanza is about the gas attack. It describes how the gas killed his friend. This stanza starts with the repetition of the word GAS and everything seems to move faster now. The tempo changes from men too slow to react to the sudden explosion of "Gas! Gas! Quick boys!" There is surprise because there is an unexpected gas attack. Owen uses short vowels and sharp consonants to make the effect that everything is happening faster. At the end of the stanza, everything seems to slow down; it feels as being under water. ...read more.

Conclusion

Owen wants everybody to realise the big Lie of the famous quote. Owen wanted to be truthful; he wanted to express reality on how things really were in war. The poet achieved a lot with this poem because it makes people "open their eyes" and see how war really was. The message is that it is not worth to go to war because t is not sweet and honourable, it is just dieing in vain. It also tells us that in the past, everyone thought that it was the best to die in war but now, nobody thinks that. People persuade other people to go to war with lies, by quoting what Horace said. I think that the author wrote the poem in a very profound way. He uses comparisons when he wants to emphasize something and uses very hard words that go directly to the point. He writes the poem in a way to make people realize the truth, comparing war with horrible things because that is how war is; HORRIBLE. ...read more.

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