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In the poem Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen uses a variety of poetic techniques to convey his anger at those who encourage young people to think that war is a sweet and noble thing

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English Critical Response For The Poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" In the poem Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen uses a variety of poetic techniques to convey his anger at those who encourage young people to think that war is a sweet and noble thing and that to die for ones country is an honour. By close examination of the techniques used, I intend to show how effectively he does this. In the opening line Owen tells the readers the horrific physical state these soldiers are in by using similes. "Bent double like old beggars under sacks" This line show how dreadful the conditions of war are and how they have affected these men. The men had changed from fit, virile and enthusiastic young men to weak and weary. They have also portrayed as old men as if war has somehow aged them. In attempting to convey his anger Owen also uses dramatic words which puts horrific images of war in the readers mind. ...read more.


Owen uses the word "ecstasy" which means to be excited and worried shows that the soldiers were frantic , confused and disorientated .They were all fumbling around trying to find there gas masks. In the next few lines Owen uses word choice to describe the mans death and how he associates it with drowning in water "Floundering" Floundering is a word to describe a person who is panicking in water, by this Owen is trying to compare the way in which the movement of the soldier to drowning, therefore associating it with water. This following line represents the visual impact of what Owen witnessed in this horrific death. "Misty" Misty could be associated with the cloud of gas smothering Owen's fellow soldier. The term misty could also be referred to water again, as in how visually impaired you are when you are in water. This next quote is describing the soldiers death again and also associates his death with water. "Green sea" Again Owen is comparing this mans death to drowning in water not a poisonous gas. ...read more.


He also uses the capital letter to emphasise the word to show his sarcasm in the title of the poem. "Dulce Et decorum Est (pro patria mori)" He is telling the readers and the people who influence war not to spread this lie in order to make families less scared at the prospect of there sons going away to war and to stop younger men feeling proud that they might remembered for their deadly duties in the war. In conclusion Owens use of different poetic techniques to make the readers aware of how dangerous and horrifying war is. He uses these techniques very well to describe the dreadful way in which this young man died. He is also displaying his anger towards the government who send these young men to war and to the people who are encouraging young men to go to war thinking that dying for your country is noble and glorious. This poem displays Owens thoughts well and make readers feel sympathetic towards Owen and angry at those who sent young men out to die, who didn't know or realise the reality of what war was really like. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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