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analysis of Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est".

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Mariann Jane Hooker Dulce et Decorum Est In the poem Dulce et Decorum Est, the author Wilfred Owen is trying to convey and express the horrific images and the physical appeal of the first world war by showing the awful terror and atmosphere of what Owen experienced and suffered through. When you read the poem you can feel the ambience and atmosphere that?s he is trying to show us. You can automatically feel the emotions and pain that he went through, it makes you feel disgusted, shocked and terrified. You can picture everything in your mind and imagine it all, all that panic and abhorrence they experienced and when you read the poem it takes you there. The title of the poem ?Dulce et Decorum Est? is Latin for ?It?s sweet and right to die for your country?, just like in the last verse of Dulce et Decorum Est ?The old lie: Dulce et Decorum Est? Witch was aimed at a propagandist called Jessie Pope. She had written the poem: Who?s for the Game, for the sole purpose of getting young men into war, making them believe that it?s a great honour and that it is great, but the truth is in Wilfred Owens poem. ...read more.

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?Deaf even to the hoots? means that they are deaf from all the loud noises from the bombs, guns and gas shells, ?Hoots? the Noise made by the shells rushing through the air (?Of gas shells dropping softly behind?). ?Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! ?(Caesura) the soldiers are shouting and panicking. Poisonous gas from the gas shells, it fills the lungs with fluid as if the person was drowning. ?An ecstasy of fumbling? The soldiers are intensely struggling to get there gas masks on as fast as they can. ?Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;? The soldiers have managed to put there gas masks on just in time. ?But someone still was yelling out and stumbling? One of the soldiers did not manage to put his gas mask on in time, so he starts to scream and stumble. ?And flound?ring like a man in fire or lime?? Owen watches his fellow soldier struggling helplessly inhaling the gas. Lime, or quicklime, is a chemical compound that can burn through the human body, like fire. ?Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light? The thick misty green smoke from the gas makes it hard to see and focus through the glass of the gas masks. ...read more.

Conclusion

?My friend, you would not tell such high zest? He is directing this at the reader saying you would not tell such enthusiasm. You have no idea what they went through, (I think that part was directed at the Propagandist: Jessie Pope) ?To children ardent for some desperate glory? To all the devoted young men out there that believed they would get amazing glory from this pointless war. This emphasizes that the young soldiers are the ones who are sent to die in this war before they are aware of the reality of battle. ?The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori? I think this is purposely directed at Jessie Pope the Propagandist who wrote the poem Who?s for the Game. She wrote it to enthuse young men to join the army, but Owen writes sarcastically to get his point across by saying that Jessie Pope is a liar. Basically saying you have no right to lie to these men. I really did not think I would enjoy this poem when I heard it was about the war but when I read it, I really understood the point Owen was trying to get across and I really enjoyed this poem so much after studying it and researching it. ...read more.

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