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Dulce et Decorum Est(It is good and fitting to die for your country.)

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Dulce et Decorum Est (It is good and fitting to die for your country.) Wilfred Owen was a soldier in the First World War; he saw at first hand what was happening and it made him wonder about the cause he was fighting for. The war inspired some of the best war poetry in the world. I think that Wilfred Owen was incredibly descriptive in what he wrote and his use of similes and metaphors were very good. In the poem Dulce et Decorum Est which is describing a trope of men returning from the front line tired, and then coming under a gas attack. In the description of the men he uses a metaphor to describe the men, "Bent double, like old beggars under sack" which gives a very vivid picture of what the men look like. I see the men leaning forward in raged old clothing with dirty faces and hand, their clothes have holes in them and they are blood stained. He then goes on to describe the way they are walking and the language they are using. ...read more.


He also shows that people when in life or death situations, and have been trained what to do in this kind of situation have trouble doing them under real conditions. This is shown with the word fumbling and the sentence "Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time" In the next line Wilfred Owen shows the horror of war when one of the men cannot get his gas mask on, he describes the man very well using simile and metaphors, "But someone still was yelling out and stumbling and floundering like a man in fire or lime." This sentence paints a very vivid picture of the man writhing in pain. Wilfred Owen then describes the man as a person drowning in a sea of green gas. "Dim through the misty panes and thick green light, as under a green sea, I saw him drowning." This is a very horrible thing for anyone to see even in war, you see the man in front of you but you can do anything to help him. ...read more.


his eyes, his arms are hanging down and there is blood and mud on his face running down dripping into the path. This line of words shows the true horror of the war and Wilfred Owen has shown it extremely well in this poem. Then he says that "You would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory, THE OLD LIE: Dulce et decorum est Pro patri� mori." This is saying that war is not glorious and it is not at all good and fitting to die for you country. Wilfred Owen wanted to show people what war was like and he did this through his poetry. Through his description, he transports us into a war field instilling the terror and fear of the men. He has used excellent words in this poem which really help to build an image of what war is really like, the similes and metaphors help as well to build a picture of war. I think that this is a great poem and Wilfred Owen has really done well in showing people what war is really like. ...read more.

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