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Wilfred Owen uses many techniques in his poem

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PSL The poem "Dulce et Decorum est" is about the horrible things the soldiers had to see and the awful conditions that the soldiers had to fight through. Wilfred Owen uses many techniques in his poem "Dulce et Decorum est" to convey the horror and conditions of the war. These techniques will be explained and the purpose of each section will be will also be described. In the first section he uses similes, and specific word choice. This section is meant to show us the state of the soldiers. In the first sentence he uses the simile "bent double, like old beggars under sacks" which shows that the men have to a carry a large weight around with them and gives you a picture of them being hunched over from the weight also the word beggar makes you think the men haven't washed for a long time and are wearing rags and that they are in very bad condition. ...read more.


gas! quick, boys!" to show how quickly they had to react to the attack and to draw our attention to the verse as we start to read it. Then he writes "an ecstasy of fumbling" which is an odd statement as it is usually used to describe a moment of happiness but in this case is use to show the urgency of the soldiers trying to put their gas masks on. The suddenness of the gas attack hits you as it is completely un-talked about before and suddenly you have the word GAS in capitals in front of you, this helps you to understand how sudden the attacks were. In the third section, which is about the death of a man and the effect of it on him, he writes about one man who obviously didn't get his mask on time as it says he was "yelling out and stumbling". As he writes "he plunges at me" you realise how helpless Owen must have felt as their was nothing he could do to help. ...read more.


The fourth section is on his own general view of war and he writes that "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" is a lie which shows that he doesn't think its honourable to die in battle at all and also writes "if you could hear, at every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,- my friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory the old lie" in which he is bringing across his own personal view that everyone who says it is honourable to die in battle have not seen the horrors that he has and that if they had they would agree with him. In conclusion the technique Owen used the most is imagery as he describes each horrific detail perfectly so we can get a really horrible picture of what the war was really like. Each new part of the poem you read reveals something which you cant believe actually happened. Owen gets across the horrors and conditions of the war very well. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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