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

Wilfred Owen 'Dulce et Decorum est'.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Poetry-Wilfred Owen 'Dulce et Decorum est' The poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' is a poem which shows us the horrors of war. It shows us how innocent lives are being wasted on a war. The poem tells us about how the poet feels about war. The first stanza tells us about the condition of the soldiers. It shows us that the soldiers are sick, tired and are not aware of themselves. It also tells us that the soldiers were in bad condition. They did not care about the shells that dropped behind them. In the first line the soldiers are compared in a simile to old beggars. This implies that they look shabby, which is not the image of soldiers in bright shiny uniforms, which would be in keeping with the glorious image of war. The line has a slow pace with no sound described, which is also a contrast to the image of war, as people at home might expect the soldiers to be marching along at a brisk pace. The second line continues this them as it compares the soldiers to hags, which are very like beggars. ...read more.

Middle

Wilfred Owen is also making use of metaphors to strengthen the lines of his poem. In the second stanza, Owen tells us about a dying man when he inhaled the gas. "But someone was yelling out and stumbling And floundering like a man in fire or lime" From this quote, we get a picture of how the dying man felt just as he had inhaled the smoke. Wilfred Owen has made use of other literary techniques such as Direct speech, Alliteration and Onomatopoeia. In the second stanza, Owen has made use of direct speech to give the reader a realistic feeling about what is happening in the poem. "Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!" The poet has also made use of Alliteration. In the third stanza, the poet says: "Behind the wagon we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face" Here the poet is telling us about the state in which the dying man was. The poet has also made use of two special features, enjambement and caesura. Wilfred Owen has made use of enjambement very often from the second stanza. ...read more.

Conclusion

This tells us he does not believe this statement to be true. The poem is filled with horrible stories about what really happened, and so Wilfred Owen is saying how can all of this suffering be sweet and proper? In my opinion, I do not like the poem very much. It gives a very horrific image of war. Although Wilfred Owen is right about 'Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori' I still think that the poem is written quite harshly. The language used by the poet is not bad but the content is. The examples that Wilfred Owen has given us of warfare are very horrific. A man drowning in a gas of poisonous gas, a group of soldiers in ill condition etc, all this reflects upon the horrific accounts of warfare. If the poet were trying to stress his point through non-horrific examples, then the poem would've been a lot more enjoyable. But that doesn't mean I am criticizing the poet. Needless to say the poem is very well written. Its what the poet feels about warfare, which obviously I wouldn't criticize that at all as it is the poet's opinion. 30/04/2007 Jameel Qureshi English Poetry Coursework - 'Dulce et Decorum est' ...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 Wilfred Owen 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

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Wilfred Owen essays

  1. Attitudes to War in 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'Drummer Hodge'.

    Words like "quickly", "now", "at the same time" and "ending" are used to indicate this. 'Your Attention Please' is a hypothetical poem which is completely different from 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'Drummer Hodge'. The only connection between this poem with the other two is that all three of them

  2. The Charge of the Light Brigade (TCOTLB) & Dulce ET Decorum EST (DEDE) Comparison

    By repeating a distance, it makes the battle feel more real as having distances in the poem makes the whole thing more real, furthermore imitates the charge of the men and steeds marching towards the 'valley of death'. In the second stanza, Tennyson uses direct speech to make it feel

  1. Wilfred Owens World War poetry Dulce et Decurum est and Mental Cases

    Furthermore if it was a male poet that was telling you that you were a coward if you didn't go to war you wouldn't take it as seriously. It puts a lot more pressure on the men to enlist. Arguably Owen's most famous poem, 'Dulce est Decorum est' is an

  2. Trace the history of 'the old lie with particular reference to the poetry of ...

    The battle Tennyson describes was unfair, as the Light Brigade only had sabres but their enemies had guns. Tennyson's aim was to get the people of the time to understand that the Light Brigade heroically died for them and he wanted to give them a heroes sending off.

  1. Referring in detail to at least two poems: What Makes Wilfred Owen a Great ...

    At the beginning of the second line in Dulce et Decorum est, Owen uses an interesting phrase: "knock-kneed". In this phrase can be extracted quite a few different meanings, mostly centred on Owen's excellent use of language which brings such strong realism into his poems.

  2. Wilfred Owen - "The old Lie"

    Owen's poetry shed a new light on war and it discussed how death on the battlefield was actually undignified and death was not honourable and that war was pointless and horrific. Owen expresses these views through his poetry. A factor that heavily contributed to people's perception of war was the

  1. Analysis of 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen

    It also helps to highlight the realities of the war as cruel and combats and brave image many would have had of soldiers at that time. In stanza two, Owen opens with a description of a gas attack. Owen helps to convey the sense of panic as the poem continues to quicken in rhythm and in pace.

  2. Choose 3 poems by Wilfred Owen that look at different aspects of war. Compare ...

    Owen shows his distrust of public emotion in this poem, suggesting that the grand organised displays are used to prevent communication between people and clear thought, there is also a suggestion of this in disabled, ?and soon, he was drafted out with drums and cheers?, preventing the character from thinking about the consequences of war.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work