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Dulce Et Decorum Est.

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Introduction

Dulce Et Decorum Est. Wilfred Owen, who was a soldier in the First World War, wrote this poem. He therefore gives a quite emotional account of what it was like to be there, as he has had first- hand experience. The title of the poem means 'it is sweet and fitting to die for your country.' Just before this is stated at the end of the poem, Wilfred Owen chooses to write' The Old Lie.' This tells us he does not believe this statement to be true. Calling the poem by this name is very ironic, as the poem is filled with Wilfred Owens accounts of what he experienced and what is the truth about the war, and so Wilfred Owen is saying how can all of this suffering be sweet and proper? ...read more.

Middle

It tells you that the soldiers are knock kneed and coughing, which implies a very low morale and leads to poor health due to bad conditions. The 'distant rest' in line four could mean the soldiers are going to sleep for the night, but they will not be able to sleep because of the conditions. Another explanation would be the end of the war when the soldiers would be able to rest properly, although they cannot see this coming - which is the reason for the use of the word 'distance'. The word 'trudge' implies that they are walking with difficulty. Men limping blood shod emphasises their predicament and how different it is to the glorious battle they had expected. ...read more.

Conclusion

The fact that one man is not able to put on his gas mask and chokes gives an example of one man dying in a way that could not possible be described as sweet or honourable nor is it the way in which people in the general public would have viewed war at that time. The last verse is aimed at the reader in a stronger way as Wilfred Owen is asking the audience not to believe or pass on to others the old lie which so many had already lost their lives for. When Owen uses the line my friends he does this to build up a level of trust between himself and the reader as it may increase the chances of his pleas success. . ...read more.

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