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How do Owen and Sassoon attempt to re-educate people about war?

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How do Owen and Sassoon attempt to re-educate people about war? For this term we have studied the works of two poets namely Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Wilfred Owen was born on 18th March 1893; he enlisted with the army during World War 1 in September 1915. He was injured in March 1917 and sent home, he was declared fit for duty and sent back in August 1918, but sadly on 4th November 1918 (just a week before the Armistice) ...read more.

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Dulce Decorum Est is a Latin motto which means 'It is lovely and honorable to die for your country' from this Owen gives a good idea of what the poem is about from the title. It is sarcastic in a way, because it is not graceful to die in the conditions which the soldiers had to face on a daily basis. There are other horrifying images that Owen includes such as the lights of 'haunting flares' which is the glow of magnesium flares that the sides used to fire onto the battlefield to illuminate it. ...read more.

Conclusion

What Owen is trying to point out is the ghastly realization what life in the trenches and in the war in general. The English government at the time was putting out a lot of propaganda to the people in the major city's showing that soldiers were content and dying valiantly their country. But in reality soldiers were miserable and terrified. The most disturbing line in 'Dulce Decorum Est' is 'Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs' this gives the gruesome imagery of soldiers who were not quick enough in putting their gas masks on and breathed in AM.D.G 7TH June 2001 By Marcus de Vere ...read more.

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