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Poetry Appreciation Essay - 'Dulce et Decorum est'.

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Poetry Appreciation Essay - 'Dulce et Decorum est' Dulce et Decorum est is a poem about the pain that soldiers go through in the war. The poet is talking about his journey across the battle field when he was in a war and is trying to put across the idea that war is a bad thing and isn't all glorious and honourable. The poem is in first person where the poet is part of the war; it is a mix of narrative, descriptive and personal beliefs. At the begging of the first verse, Owen sets the scene by describing how two injured soldiers are helping each other through the battle field. ...read more.

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He then goes on to describe the slow, painful and horrific death of that man who never fitted his gas mask. Verse 3 is two short sentences where the poet expresses how he is haunted by these images of death in all his dreams. Owen then directs the forth verse to the reader by mentioning the words 'you' and 'My friend'. 'If in some smothering dreams you too could pace' He continues to describe the disgusting sights he witnessed and uses persuasive writing to make you agree with him. The language has a tint of 'old-fashioned' words and is very descriptive. ...read more.

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He has taken a serious approach to the poem. The rhyme scheme of this poem takes time to develop because the poet is symbolising how long it seemed when he was walking back home through the battle field. This rhyme is in the form of A, B, A, B. The line lengths are longer than short with lines of up to nine words, this helps to convey the slow and sad mood of the poet. This poem works quite well for me, I like the way the poet has used loads of similes to describe stuff. I also think the subject (War) is an interesting subject to write a poem about and Wilfred Owen has done a good job of doing this. Damian Gaskin DamiG 2003 ...read more.

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