The tone is bitter and intense in a realistic way. It is achieved by the vivid and gruesome images in the poem. Wilfred Owen 's use of imagery in this poem is by depicting emotional, nightmarish, and vivid words to capture the haunting encounters of WWI that soldiers went through. In the first stanza, Owen depicts his fellow soldiers struggling through the battlefield, but their terrible health conditions prevent them from their strong actions in the war. When Owen says, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags” (lines 1-2).
The Hags is connected with the word beggers as they both outcasts in society. What's more words like beggers, hags and blood-shod shows what the war has done to the soldiers of war.. Through his use of vivid words and portrayal it makes us understand the effects of war and what it involves. The Stanza continues ‘Till on the haunting flares’, this suggests that the soldiers are possibly disturbed and are being haunted by the flares. The last line further shows the effects of war, the soldiers are deaf to the gas shells dropping right behind them.
The poems theme is taken on and created throughout the use of many poetic devices and appeals such as imaginative appeal, sensual appeal as well as intellectual appeal. In the first stanza, Owen sets the scene through the use of imaginative appeal. This stanza contains a lot of simile and metaphors that show the readers how crushed these men are physically and mentally. The line “Till on the haunting flares we turned ours backs” suggests that Soldiers are turning their back to the lights of the battle field. Being exhausted, their knees are touching, “knock-kneed”, tired of supporting their heavy backpack he compares the condition of the poor soldiers to “old beggars” and “hags”, “like old beggars under sacks”.
However, the contents of the poem itself with in fact contradict the title, and the speaker will actually refuse to accept the Latin saying, and actually detest the patriotic propaganda. Through Owen’s use of metaphors and similes the argument the speaker is making within the poem becomes more apparent. The similes and metaphors used by Owen illustrate very negative war scenes throughout the poem, depicting extreme suffering of young men fighting during World War I. The first simile used by Owen describes the soldiers as “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”, giving them sickly, wounded, and exhausted attributes from battle and lack of rest (1). Next, the soldiers are described as “Knock-kneed, coughing like hags”, which once again portrays these young men as sick... ... middle of paper ... ...za is when the speaker’s argument changes, and he begins to resent the war and the saying, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, as he is recalling the sight of the soldier dieing from the gas plunging at him.
Fighting in the war has aged the soldiers, the once young men now “bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags” trudge through the warzone (Owen 1-2). The men, completely drained f... ... middle of paper ... ...d war show how easily the morals of people can be twisted. When faced with challenging, demanding times people will often choose what benefits them best. The poems and the novel, Night, show how cruel and selfish humans can be when they feel their survival threatened. People will turn against one another in order to live another day or deny help to a fallen soldier.
Wilfred Owen Vs. War Wilfred Owen he destroys the image of pride soldiers ‘ Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,’ This makes you picture strong, powerful soldiers bent over tired, and under these big rucksacks that weigh pounds. Owen puts this in the poem to show volunteer what they are in for, and that its not just fun and a ‘game’ that Jessie Pope suggest in her poem ‘Who’s for the game?’ Owens states that the soldiers would carry on whatever, ‘But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame: all blind’ That suggest that whatever happen to them they carried on even if they were hurt going blind, or going lame. Owen uses this to show people how hard it was and that it was not fun to be fighting. The soldiers were tired.
In Owen’s poem “Dulce est Decorum et,” the poet uses similes to create a visual image of the terrifying experience he had during war. He uses the simile “Bent-double, like old beggars under sacks” (line 1) to describe his physical condition. He is unable to walk straight because the injuries he has sustained fighting in war make it hard on him to find his strength. He compares his sleep deprivation to being “Drunk with fatigue,” (7) comparing it to the inability to fully control his body. Owen also speaks about how war affects soldiers even in their sleep.
In World War One the soldiers were not taken care of very well and were made to live in very horrible conditions. In Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen shows the problems of war through the mustard gas. They all “[fit] the clumsy helmets just in time” except for one soldier who starts to drown in his own fluids. He starts choking and lunging at the other men, but nothing can be done to help him. He is then flung onto a cart and shipped away.
This stanza contains a lot of simile and metaphors that shows us how crushed these men are, physically and mentally. Soldiers are turning their back to the lights of the battle field “Till on the haunting flares we turned ours backs”. Exhausted, their knees are touching “knock-kneed”, tired of supporting their heavy backpack “like old beggars under sacks”. The condition of the poor soldiers is so miserable that the author compare them to “old beggars” and “hags” (ugly old woman). Some men had lost their boots and the only shoes they have is the blood on their feet “blood-shod”.
The poem depicts the struggles of a soldiers return to base camp. It defies the image created by the government by displaying how gruesome and horrific the conditions that these men had to survive through. The poem has been written as four uneven stanzas this has been done purposefully to express how unpredictable war is. With the varying lengths of stanzas the breaks become unexpected in the poem; the reader is given the impression of how erratic war is, only given short moments of respite, with no predictability throughout the years on the frontline. Owen begins his work with a strong use of imagery to portray the conditions and the state of the soldiers.