• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Wilfred Owen aimed to convey the pity of war in his poetry. How effectively does he do this in Dulce et Decorum Est.?

Extracts from this document...


Wilfred Owen aimed to convey 'the pity of war' in his poetry. How effectively does he do this in 'Dulce et Decorum Est.'? Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th of March 1893 and died 4th November 1918, 1 week before World War 1 (WW1) ended. The poem was written in WW1 when Owen and his friend Sassoon saw the horrors of trench and gas warfare. Owen said that Sassoon was a great influence on him, for his profound effect on his poetic voice. Owen uses lots of description about what it was truly like to be in the war. In the poem he uses lots of imagery and visual sounds to develop his exploration of the pity of war. Owen also uses a differentiated vast choice of language, dramatic devices and irony in his poem. Owen likes to use lots of imagery to show the reader what he had to go through. In this imagery he uses both vivid and disturbing images, "Bent double" The use of the words 'Bent double' creates the picture of. This has the effect of the reader feeling empathy for what the soldiers were going through. ...read more.


This adds a pitiful sense of realism as they would actually drown. In the poem Owen makes use of using powerful language. In the third stanza when Owen describes about how a team mate is put onto a wagon, he doesn't just use 'placed' he uses 'Flung.' This has a huge impact as it describes that once they have been attacked by the gas, that they are careless and routine, like discarding the rubbish that one has no further use for.. Owen also uses in the first stanza that they 'cursed' their way through sludge. This has an impact on the reader as it describes that they have bad language and swearing all the way through their walks and battles. Also in the first stanza he uses 'trudge' this means they walked laboriously or wearily along or over. Instead of using 'trudge' Owen could of simply put 'walk' but putting walk wouldn't have the same effect as trudge. As trudge is more descriptive and imagative than 'walk' it describes that they had to walk for long period of time without stopping, and from trudge it gets the reader to imagine heavy footsteps underground in mud it helps to build the mood at the start of the poem before the drama of the attack. ...read more.


He makes the reader know how guilty and impotent he was by saying 'before my helpless sight.' This makes the reader see that he felt guilty for watching helplessly while his friend died. Also he also tells us that in the dream the man who died, 'plunges at him, guttering, choking and drowning.' This is describing to the reader how the men suffocated pulling at Owen and gasping for his last breathe, with Owen unable to do anything to help. Owen also makes an allusion to the Latin poet Horace as in the last line of the poem he says, 'Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori' which means in English that 'it is a sweet and glorious thing to die for ones country. To conclude this poem I feel that Owen has made the reader want to read further by using imagery to grab the attention to make them feel for the war. I also feel that he has made reader feel attentive by using powerful language. I feel that Owen was able to put forward by the allusion at the end of what he really truly thought about the war. Owen captivates the reader's attention by the use dramatic devices. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jessica Ireland 11T English Essay ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work