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    Dulce Et Decorum Est.

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    A gas shell dropped behind them as they hurried to fit their gas masks: "An ecstasy of fumbling, fitting the clumsy helmets just in time." Because they were so exhausted they did not hear the noise of the gas shells dropping. One man did not fit his gas mask in time and inhaled the gas which began burning his lungs.

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    Wilfred Owen 'Dulce et decorum est'.

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    The third is the man having bad dreams to do with the incident. The fourth is explaining if you had seen what he had seen you would not want to tell your children of these awful conditions. The rhyme scheme goes ABABCDCDEFEF I did not notice this at first, this is very good poetry and the words are well thought out. The similes in this poem are very good 'flound'ring like a man in fire or lime' this means the man was going all over the place and it was like he was on fire.

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    Wilfred Owen`s War Poems.

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    Disabled shows the after effects of a soldier after this war ended. It shows how human beings not only loose parts of their bodies but also lose their future and their desire to live as portrated in the soldier that this poem is based on because he is not able to do the things that he used to do before being in the war. Mental Cases The narrator in this three stanza poem observes men in a mental hospital who suffer from what at the time was called shell shock and now might be labeled post-traumatic stress disorder.

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    Discuss - 'Mental Cases', 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and 'The Send-Off', by Wilfred Owen.

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    Their life isn't worth living as they have 'stroke on stroke of pain'. The poet uses repetition here. - 'stroke on stroke'. In other words, they live everyday with pain - either being injured or the hurt of seeing their fellow soldiers and friends die. Their eyes are described to be sunken into their skulls. This shows that all their fat and muscles have been eaten away and they practically bare the bones. Wilfred Owen says that surely they have died and gone to hell because their lives are so dreading. These soldiers remember their friends dying in front of them and the ghosts would haunt them forever.

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  5. How does Owen use language to explore the harsh realities of war in Exposure?

    This is followed by the word "merciless" creating a deeper emotional connection between the soldiers and the reader. The use of this word personifies the wind as an enemy attacking the soldiers and gives an indication of the wind's harshness. The fact that the wind is attacking from the east is a further attempt to personify the wind as it seems like a strategised attack, which of course is clearly absurd but highlights the psychological trauma of warfare. The troops have become so emotionally strained and even paranoid that they believe that the wind is attacking them. At this point the reader cannot help but feel Owen's anguish as he has articulated it so clearly through his use of direct language.

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  6. Compare the ways in which Owen portrays the extreme situations which the soldiers experience in Exposure and Spring Offensive

    On the other hand Owen could have intended it to have other connotations, meaning that he was 'exposing' the truth about the harsh conditions the soldiers had to endure during the war. The title 'Spring Offensive' an oxymoron as the word spring is associated with warmth and love and happiness whereas offensive is a word of war and aggressiveness which could have meant to contrast the idea of new life in the world during spring with the death that will obviously arise from the offensive.

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  7. Compare the ways in which Wilfred Owen portrays the extreme situations which the soldiers experience in the poems Exposure and Spring Offensive poems.

    Not only are we given a physical experience of the war, we are also given a psychological experience. From stanza 5 to 7, there is a moment of dreaming, in which we are transported to a sunnier, livelier England, but the part of the dream where the 'doors close on us' reiterates the theme of sadness, which appears whether in what they see or what they think. Like the repetition found in the poem's themes, there is also a repetition in the structure of the poem.

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  8. Dulce et Decorum Est [Not] Pro Patria Mori

    The simile "coughing like hags" also adds to the idea that the soldiers have been reduced to the likes of the lowest, least respected members of society (this image is particularly notable when contrasted with the religious metaphors Owen employed to describe soldiers in his other works.) They are no longer able-bodied but severely disabled as Owen's word choices show ('limped', 'lame', 'blind', 'deaf'). Within the battlefield Owen has established a semantic field of injury and, by sending his soldiers into this, he communicates to the reader the damage that war has done to them.

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  9. How Wilfred Owen in the poem "Disabled" analyses the theme of war

    This indicates that person has lost his leg and forearm and now his life depends on other people. It is fascinating how the poet plays with the reader's emotions, making him feel responsible for the unenviable situation of the man, in just three lines. At the same verse, the poet uses contrast to make the created atmosphere even stronger by describing the happy life of boys playing outside. "Voices of play and pleasures after day" is very sad phrase, as the man is not able to do anything by himself, yet is forced to listen to voices of playing children until the night time comes and kids have to go home to their families, where they are safe.

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  10. Dulce et Decorum Est

    After hurriedly pulling on their gas masks, the speaker 'through the misty panes' sees one soldier somehow with no mask on, vulnerably stumbling towards him. He watches the man surrender to the gas as he hits the ground. The third stanza moves to the speakers dreams. In only one couplet, the speaker states that in all his dreams he sees the soldier plunging towards him. In the final stanza, Owen turns to the readers, and tells them that if they could've experienced the same dreams and watch the soldier die in the wagon in which they 'flung' him then they

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

    In early 1856 Sevastopol fell and the war ended. Around 2000 men had died out of roughly 250,000 men who were called to the fight. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was a poet writing in the Crimean War. He also attempted to write drama's or plays but had no real success. Tennyson was the fourth child out of eleven, his father, George Clayton Tennyson who was a rector and a vicar and maybe his religious background influenced the way he composes metaphors and similes in his work by referring to religious places and beings.

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  12. With specific focus on Wilfred Owens poems Futility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum est and Mental Cases, evaluate the methods Owen uses to bring across his convictions, feelings and ideas to you, the reader

    For example in Dulce et Decorum it compares the problems associated by using real weapons and live ammunition. "Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud" These metaphors and similes are used as an effective tool by Owen to convey the pain and emotional experiences soldiers on the front line were going through. These comparisons have a unique effect on reader's emotions by creating feelings of sympathy and horror. By comparing to cancer, Owen creates a simplistic analogy which generates fear in the reader through the painful and vile experiences associated with the disease.

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  13. The poems Dulce et Decroum Est and The Send-Off are written by Wilfred Owen. Both the poems mock the estabilished belief of nationalism and duty to your country. He wanted to end the glorification of war.

    He wanted to end the glorification of war. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' therefore mocks the estabilished authoritative language of Latin that was reserved for the courts and churches. The poem 'The Send Off' suggests that the outcome of war is grim for the vast majorities who if they return home, would be either dead or injured. 'Dulce et Decorum Est 'in contrast to the title suggests that war, patriotic duty and even death for one's country are not sweet and fitting. 'The Send Off' is a thought-provoking poem which describes the scene at a railway station.

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  14. A story based on the poem Disabled by Wilfred Owen

    As he turned to the window, he could hear noises; noises which brought him back to that night at the bar, which he could not remember the name of, after the cup final in football. It was a crisp summer's evening, and there were 2 minutes left in the football game, where Brian's team, Cambridge Amateur AFC, were playing their close rivals, the Oxford Men's Amateurs. Cambridge had a free kick, 20 yards away from the goal, and Brian, a "tough-as-bones" central midfielder, was getting ready to take this free kick.

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

    Source one, captioned "Are you in this?" is a brilliant example of government propaganda. It was designed by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the scout movement, and was published in 1915. Baden-Powell had fought before in the Boer war but never before had been confronted by such deadly weapons. He had fought in a siege before but never before in this new type of total war. The poster depicts a number of men, women and children doing their part in the Great War on the home front.

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  16. Anthem for Doomed Youth

    The title basically summarizes what the poem is; a mixture of thoughts related to religion and death, irony, and cynicism. The poem doesn't slowly start to focus on the point he's making: there is an immediacy of war with the usage of present tense. Plus, it starts with a rhetorical question, which instantly involves the audience. With the rhetorical questions, he says that the dead soldiers, or 'cattle', die insignificantly completely dehumanized, for there are no 'passing-bells' for them. He is appalled by the inhumane deaths these young men experience.

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  17. The Sentry; By Wilfred Owen

    The word 'guttering' also helps make the metaphor effective as it emphasises the quantity and noise of the water. Alliteration is also used in the poem to emphasise the conditions of the trenches. "Choked the steps too thick with clay to climb", is a line where the repetition of the harsh c/k sound imitates the squelching of the soldiers boots in the mud, but also helps is see what it must have been like for them, as the sentence is not easy to say, which mirrors the fact it must have not been easy for them to move in the mud.

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  18. Dulce et Decorum Est

    This and the fact the first stanza is in first person causes the reader to feel as if he or she is experiencing war firsthand. Owen incorporates specific imagery to into the poem in order to introduce the reader to the chaotic world of war. Owen opens by saying that the soldiers are "bent double." This statement manages to effectively convey the exhaustion of the soldiers, who have become so disillusioned that they find themselves in a state of purgatorial numbness.

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  19. Trace the history of 'the old lie with particular reference to the poetry of Wilfred Owen

    As the First World War developed, attitudes towards war altered. New military weapons, such as tanks, were invented during this time, which significantly changed the format of war. These new developments caused less close-combat, and more long-distance fighting, which led to war being portrayed as less courageous and more cowardly. This resulted in a deviation of people's attitudes towards war, which is reflected in Owen's poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est'. Owen's poetry fits into this change as it describes the horrific and shocking aspects of the war, unlike Brooke and Tennyson's positive poems.

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  20. Referring in detail to at least two poems: What Makes Wilfred Owen a Great War Poet?

    By doing this, he makes it very personal for the reader. The face of a human is what shows their emotions, and what shows identity. In the poem The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson, which describes the charge of British cavalry against Russian soldiers, the whole six hundred British were slaughtered, yet not once does Tennyson pick out one soldier, or individualises this. This is what Owen does in "Dulce et Decorum est": he individualises the soldier who has died. Another feature of this last verse is that it shows people that the war they thought would be glorious and noble is not at all that.

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  21. Anthem For Doomed Youth Essay

    However, when the word "Anthem" is combined with "Doomed Youth" makes it seem slightly sarcastic - as if Owen is almost mocking the idea of honour itself. The strong statement in the title is continued by Owen into the opening stanza of the poem - in the first line, the soldiers are called "cattle". Straightaway, this word tells the reader than Owen is angry at something, as "cattle" is a strong and harsh word to use to describe soldiers fighting for the country.

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  22. Wilfred Owen - "The old Lie"

    The general public were not fully aware of the horrors that war held and poets of the time did not seem prepared to shed war in a negative light, perhaps war raised morale and patriotism in the country. When Brooke started writing at the beginning of the First World War attitudes were that war was seen as romantic and glorious and death on the battlefield was considered noble and dignified. As the war developed, these views changed in correspondence with the publications of Wilfred Owen's poetry.

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  23. What do Wilfred Owens poems reveal about his views on religion?

    Abraham was about to kill his son when an angel appeared and offered a ram instead of his son. Abraham obliged and killed the ram instead. In Wilfred Owens version, Abraham declined the offer of the ram and killed his son. "But the old man would not so, but slew his son, and half the seed of Europe, one by one." This line explains how Wilfred Owen depicts war. He uses this phrase as he thought war was started by man and all the older men were killing the opponents 'young,' "...and half the seed of Europe, one by one."

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  24. Poetry Courswork

    The rhyme schemes of "Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" are the same, following the ABAB... pattern, however "Anthem For Doomed Youth" has a very different rhyme scheme, sometimes using ABAB... and sometimes using AABB... the times in which these rules are used are very random. "Dulce Et Decorum Est" was written by Owen to tell the world about what was really happening in the war. Most of the poem is made up of phrases describing the torment and pain that soldiers went through during this time.

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  25. how Wilfred Owen uses the season and nature to illustrate his feelings about war in the poems "Exposure" and "Spring Offensive."

    He was evacuated to England and on June 26th he arrived at Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh. Here he met Siegfried Sassoon another patient at the Hospital. Siegfried Sassoon was also a poet and he agreed to look over Wilfred's poems. This was a great boost for Wilfred and his interest in poetry. Wilfred then returned to war and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Amiens. Wilfred was killed on 4th November 1918 when attempting to lead his men across the Sambre canal at Ors. Before he died he realised that war is not a romantic thing but in fact is all pain and suffering.

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