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Dulce et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen

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Introduction

Dulce et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen Dulce et Decorum Est has become one of the greatest and well-known war poems of the 20th century. The poem highlights the bogus patriotism of the stay- at- home war enthusiasts. Life wasn't easy for soldiers in the war as Wilfred Owen expresses strongly in this poem 'Dulce et Decorum est'. Wilfred Owen died at the age of 25 and was killed seven days before the end of World War 1. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' reveals the truth behind war, the grief and suffering caused. Wilfred Owen wanted to dismiss the idea of romance as a motivation to fight in the war. Young men believed that fighting in the war would make them heroes when they returned home. ...read more.

Middle

Owen tries to make us, the readers feel sorry for the men and does this by saying "All went lame, all blind". This gives us the image that men couldn't see or hear correctly. The next verse begins with a shout of danger: "Gas! Gas! Quick boys." "Ecstasy" is used ironically as it shows the speed and panic of the men, as they know how important it is to get their helmets on and yet their fingers fail them. Owen uses the line " misty planes", this is to show that the soldiers wearing the gas masks they hadn't got clear view and that it looked like a misty scene. . Owen makes the third verse short so that it stands out from the rest as. ...read more.

Conclusion

He does this because he wants us to think about the horrors of the war and what the soldiers went through. He tells us how soldiers bodies were just "flung" into carts, which shows a casual approach to the death of soldiers fighting in the war. He creates a picture, for us the readers, the terror and pain that war causes. Wilfred Owen he been at the event in the poem, so he had seen the pain, horror and suffering that took place in WW1. In contrast, Thomas Hardy who wrote ' Drummer Hodge' had read about a drummer boy who had died in a newspaper and therefore didn't see the horrors of war like Wilfred Owen, and could only imagine what war was like. Throughout the poem he uses similes and other words to emphasise the suffering that the soldiers went through and how they felt being at war. ...read more.

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