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The poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" was written in 1917 (during the WWI) by British soldier, Wilfred Owen.

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The poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" was written in 1917 (during the WWI) by British soldier, Wilfred Owen. In his poem Owen writes about his experience in war. In "Dulce et Decurum Est" the author shows us the images of the war, death and pain. In the poem the author tells us about a short episode of everyday life in war. He writes about a gas bomb being dropped in the trenches and showing us the suffering of people in there. In the first stanzas there are many words with 'sharp' sounding endings like - "sacks", "hags", "backs"; "sludge", "trudge". Firstly, this helps to keep the rhyme and secondly, it sounds like a series of explosions or a gun fire, which creates a clearer image of the war. With the help of these words Owen adds a beat to the stanzas and gives it particular tempo and speed. And all these words also give the reader the colours of the war, the grey colours, colours of mud and cloudy, smoked sky. ...read more.


Also he uses metaphors like "coughing under sacks" and "drunk with fatigue", which tell us more about the state of the soldiers - describe us how they are tired and sick. This also makes the stanza slower, like it is trudging itself. But different to the first stanza, the second one goes much faster. Owen did it like that because the second verse events happen very rapidly, sudden gas bombs, and soldiers are in panic and are rushing to fit their "clumsy helmets". The third stanza is quite slow, because the author tries to show us the long painful death of the soldier in the gas. The last verse Owen made fast because he wants to show us the panic and rushing of the soldiers who carried the choked army man in the wagon. Author also uses similies like 'old beggars under sags' and 'coughing like hags' which create a picture of old ailing women. Owen compares the soldiers with the 'hags' to show their weariness. ...read more.


The message of the poem he expressed in sentence, "Dulce et Decorum Est pro patria mori". Wilfred Owen says that people lie when they say that it's proper and heroic to die for your country. He calls them - people with "incurable sores on innocent tongues". By doing that he accuses these people for many lives lost in the war. He accuses them of persuading boys that war is fun and that anyone who will fight for their country will become a hero and gain honour. By calling them "incurable sores on innocent tongues" he is saying that so many people die because of their lies, but they still act innocently and try to look like they have not done anything bad. Owen says that they have "incurable sores", which means that they cannot be changed. By writing "Dulce et Decorum Est", Wilfred Owen had a main aim to convince the reader that war is the most horrible thing. He wants boys not to believe in the 'old lie' that war is fun. By using different methods Wilfred Owen created a strong poem with a convincing message. ...read more.

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