Essay on Dulce et Decorum est

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Dulce et Decorum est

The poem "Dulce et Decorum Est," is an anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen. Dulce et Decorum est is a Latin Phrase meaning it is sweet and noble, where it says at the end of the poem ‘Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori’ means it is sweet and noble to die for your country. Owen shows in this poem, by describing the horror and cruelty the war was how it makes people belief that war was proud and honour to the country.

In the first stanza we are introduced to the description of a group of soldiers leaving the battlefield from the frontline. The pace is very slow and extremely careful in the rhythm is established through Owen's use of heavy, long words. This explains
how it uses a lot of effort and how slow the war was.

The first line 'Bent double, it creates the impression of extreme exhaustion and the image that is communicate that the soldiers have no energy left and they were in extremely painful agony. This suggests that men are struggling with the weight of their bags. It highlights the point that they were bending their back over as they are so physically tired. 'Like beggars under sacks' is similes that explain the men have no dignity left.

The second line ‘Knock-kneed, coughing like hangs, we cursed through sludge’ its slows and dulls down the tempo as Owen said ‘sludge’ which it means wet mud, as when he said ‘coughing like hangs’ that suggests they were an old women slowly stumbling through the thick mud.

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The third line ‘haunting’ is used as it was a feeling being natural as though the flares trying to seek out the soldiers.

The Fourth line ‘Trudge’ is an onomatopoeia are used to emphasize the fact that the pace is slow, creating the impression that the men have little strength, it tells us the image that it takes a lot of effort for them to move.

The Sixth line 'But limped on,' is a phrase that communicate the image that it is very slow moving and the reader thinks the image that the men must be injured as they ...

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