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My essay is on the First World War one poem " Dulce et Decorum est. wrote by the British poet Wilfred Owen.

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WAR POETRY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR! BY K.SLATTERY DULCE ET DECORUM EST My essay is on the First World War one poem " Dulce et Decorum est. wrote by the British poet Wilfred Owen. Wilfred wrote this poem in 1917 when he was sent back from fighting in France to a hospital near Edinburgh. He was diagnosed as having the condition called Neurasthenia the medical name giving to shellshock. He was sent to Edinburgh's Craiglockhart war hospital it was there that he met another poet called Siegfrid Sosson who encouraged Owen to write. They both wrote poems about the harshness of the war. Neither made it out to be glorious or fun. I think Wilfred Owen is a trustworthy poet who has a strong message to show the reader. His poems full rage at the cruelty and pity for the victims. This poem particularly focus's on the time Wilfred and fellow tired solider were marching sleepily back from fighting in the front line, When all of a sudden one of the gas shells that were dropping softly landed fight next to them. All of the men dashed to secure their helmets in time but one man was still yelling out and stumbling. ...read more.

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In this first verse it gives the reader quite an overall impression of the contrast of propaganda not present a true picture. It also makes us think about how the army would advertise for new recruits showing young, fit and healthy men with nice neat uniforms. When this poem clearly state that a solders life was the complete opposite. In the second verse Wilfred goes on to describe the gas attack and how one soldier that could not get his gas helmet on quick enough. The first four words " Gas! Gas! Quick boys!" is wrote such a way that it made like the person saying it is in a hurry. The men have gone from walking very slowly and with difficulty to moving much quicker. Wilfred Owen has give this by using words like "esatasy of fumbling," instead of "Knock kneed," and "Bent double" like in the first verse when they were walking slow. This verse also has the technique similes wrote in to give a better picture of the man's pain. Owen wrote that the man was "Floundering like a man in fire or lime," which means he fell in pain like a man who caught fire and was trying to roll free from it. ...read more.

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Owen believes this to the old lie that soldiers tell to ardent children, which are looking for some desperate glory. I think Owen uses Latin to get a cross that it not just the person that think that or not even just one country but anyone who tell heroic war story with high zest. In conclusion of this essay I would like to say this poem has changed my perspective of the war. I no longer think of the world war as big hard man slashing and bombing people with no shame or remorse for that man or his family. I now think of war as every day men who have been pressured by their country and scared to be looked on as a coward if they didn't go. However they didn't want to kill but only wanted the war to end so they can get back to their loved ones. Although in 1918 Owen rejoined his rejoined his regiment and in August went back to France and dyed on the 4TH of November. He will always be remember by any that read this poem as the poet who made real life for him into poetry and told the truth about the suffering and the poor conditions at the front line. He also let it be know that "Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori" is a LIE! ...read more.

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