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"Dulcet et Decorum Est," is probably the most famous anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen.

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Introduction

"Dulcet et Decorum Est," is probably the most famous anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen. It has a harsh meaning and persuasive argument. The anti-war theme and serious tone are effective at portraying war as horrid and devastating. I felt overpowered by blood, guts and death. Although my reaction hasn't changed much through numerous readings, my emotional feelings become more intense with each reading. This poem makes me feel as if I am right there watching the soldier who cannot fasten his mask fast enough and suffers the full effects of deadly gas. 'but someone still is yelling out and stumbling'. This poem also makes me look beyond the death and question the pain inflicted on the mothers who kissed their sons goodbye as they went to defend their country. ...read more.

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The author's use of comparisons also influenced my reaction to this poem. In the first line the author describes the troops as being "Bent double, like beggars under sacks'. This shows the condition of the men and reinforces the hopelessness they feel. The author's comparison of the dying man's "hanging face" to a "devil's sick of sin" proves just how corrupt it all seems. The most powerful similarity is when the author compares the sound of the gassed man gurgling blood in his lungs as "obscene as cancer" .The most effective line I feel is the "vile, incurable sores" that the author compares to the troop's memories. This similarity illustrates how the troops will never forget this experience. ...read more.

Conclusion

Each of these images is disturbing to think about, but portray the reality of war. These images made me feel disgusted at what war is capable of. The author ends this poem with the last line in Latin. The motto "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" means "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country". This is one of my most well liked poems because it is so open and true. It is a haunting yet depressing poem. It paints a horrible picture in my mind of the horrors that occurred at the time. He uses very strong words outlining the evil. Maybe this is one of the reasons why this poem became the best known war poem of the 1st world war. The poem makes clear the harshness and suffering of so many innocent young men. ...read more.

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