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The poem Dulche et Decorum Est is about Wilfred Owen (a war poet) who describes in his own experiences, what the war was like.

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Introduction

El Duche De Corum Est The poem Dulche et Decorum Est is about Wilfred Owen (a war poet) who describes in his own experiences, what the war was like. Verse one describes how the soldiers are returning to base camp. Owen uses a slow halting rhythm to suggest how much pain and misery the soldiers are encountering and to imitate how slow are walking. He does this by using punctuation. Verse one tells us a lot about the condition, both physically and mentally, of the men and it gives us an idea of the appalling conditions!. He uses similes such as, "Bent double, like hags"; this illustrates how many of the men fall ill. ...read more.

Middle

The verbs such as yelling and drowning give the reader a feeling of chaos. "As under a green sea, I saw him drowning", this describes how the gas causes a thick green misty haze around the men. This is a useful phrase as it enables us to imagine what is happening and use our imagination. It also gives us a sense of how real it all is in his vivid descriptions. Owens guilt is suggested in the line, "In all my dreams before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning". The fact that he dreams about this all the time, and that the man is plunging at him in particular means that he feels guilty for this mans death. ...read more.

Conclusion

Descriptions such as, "his hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin", this portrays how the man was desperate and giving up his fight for life! "Obscene as cancer", this simile is used to describe the sores on the men's tongues, most people appreciate how serious cancer is therefore they would imagine that if something is compared to it then they would believe that they are awful. Owen is trying to put people off the war in this verse which is clearly shown when he says at then end, 'The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori' This means, Its fit and noble to die for your country. This is pure sarcasm and so he is obviously saying don't join the war. ...read more.

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