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GCSE: Wilfred Owen
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Wilfred Owens poem Dulce et Decorum Est is a very powerful and moving war poem. It is a protest against all innocent lives lost in the war
This effect is achieved throughout the poem with wide use of alliteration, imagery and emotive language. The poem can be viewed as a sonnet with 28 lines which follows the ABABCDCD rhyme scheme. ?Dolce et Decorum Est? contains 4 stanzas where the meter is mainly iambic pentameter, however there are some disruptions. For example in line 9, there are 11 syllables; the line starts with four consecutive stressed syllables ?Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!? Powerful words and exclamation marks draw our attention to the terrifying gas attack and panic the soldiers were facing.
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In his poems Wilfred Owen wanted to show the pity of war. Discuss how he manages to do this in Anthem for Doomed Youth and The Send-Off
In ?Anthem for Doomed Youth?, Wilfred shows the pity of war by comparing various events in real life with those on the field. The word ?Doomed? shows the many soldiers which will die or are already dead. He starts off by comparing the battlefield with a funeral. He says that basically they are being sent to their funerals by going to the battlefield because they are bond to die in the war. He compares the coffins with the trenches. He also compares the sound of the bombs in the battlefield to the bells in the church and that they do
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He strongly convinces the horror of the war to the readers who glamorize war. In the first stanza, he introduces the reader to the horror of the war by depicting the poor condition of the soldiers. ?Bent double, like old beggars under sacks?. Here, Wilfred Owen reveals how unclean and unhealthy the soldiers are by using simile with the word ?old beggars?. Irony is used in this place, as many people think that the soldiers are fit and healthy men with full of energy, however they are like old and sick beggars, who are often ragged and shabby.
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This makes it relatable to readers and it universalises the subject. Also the idea that he's "waiting for dark" has connotations that there is no light so there is no hope, and all he has left to do now is to wait for death so his suffering will come to an end. The caesuras used in the first stanza gives the effect of a long wait for night. On line 3 it mentions that he is "Legless" and "sewn short at elbow", the fact that he has no legs and one arm shows how dependant he is on others, this dehumanises his character.
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