Wilfred Owen The poems written by Wilfred Owen are about the horrors, the ugliness, the suffering and the countless tragedies that war has brought. The anti-war them and serious tone used in his poems is extremely effective at portraying ear as horrid and devastating. The detailed descriptions of blood, guts and death are overpowering. In the poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est', Owen stresses how war should not be glorified or glamorised. The title meaning 'It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country' is used satirically because the poem describes the horror and agony that the soldiers endured during their time in the trenches.
These images are used to show the immense harm and the brutality of war and its effect on men. The dead soldier describes the blood that clogged their “chariot-wheels” (line 35) showing his regret for participating in the war now that he was aware of its ugliness. Thus, when the soldier states that “the foreheads of men have bled where no wounds were” (line 42), he truly expresses the cruelty of war and how it leaves men with scarred souls. All of these images highlight the pure pain of war. Owen’s use of assonance, alliteration and onomatopoeia in the poem help to bring it to life and remind us of the horrific situation at ... ... middle of paper ... ...fred Owen to effectively build sympathy for the second soldier as he describes the pain that men suffered in war.
His protest against war clearly a protest against war’s deliberate reversal of all the values that men uphold. Owen suggests that religion cannot offer much consolation to those dying on the warfront. Due to the these traumatic events on the warfront, young soldiers seeing their comrades die deteriorates their innocence away.The personification of the guns creates a distinctly ironic tone, in the line ‘monstrous anger of guns’. The use of visual and auditory images allows the reader to delve into the world of the mid 1900s. The alliteration at the end of the line "rifles' rapid rattle" is a way of drawing our attention and building the intensity.
The first stanza sets the scene and show what the soldiers would be feeling at the time. The men's condition at the time was so wretched th... ... middle of paper ... ...are a repeat of the title, and also and added line to clarify the actual meaning of the poem. Owen mocks the idea of war being an honorable and nationalistic way to support ones country as he describes a situation in which death is detailed in gruesome detail. This poem is harsh, yet effective in displaying the acts of war and the affect the it has on all of the people involved, especially the foot soldiers who served in the front line, the trenches. Owen serves as a great example of the losses that war brings.
Owens's work leaves one with an enduring sense of the tragedy of war. Owen used his strong sense of indignation to create a feeling of compassion for all the soldiers. As Owen himself experienced a deep horror and disgust at the reality of war. In the trenches he realized how horrific the war was and started to make notes about the conditions. He would attempt to fix the scenery of the war firmly in the mind of the reader and in this way more expressively stress the tremendous suffering that constitutes 'the pity of war'.
He does this very effectively and bluntly in the last lines of the poem 'Dulce et Decorum est', "My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori." This is simply expressing that if anyone had been in the war they would not tell young men the same story as the Government propaganda which tells of the glories of dying for their country as they would realise the reality and true horror of war.
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”.
Shells from bombs and guns replace t... ... middle of paper ... ...viously pronounces that war is a waste of human life and energy. In the thick of a war Owens wants the reader to know that these young men are giving their lives, for nothing that is worth dying over. He showed though out both of these poems that war is grim and pointless. Although Owens thought war was not worth the ultimate sacrifice of death, he still fought in World War I. He did so because so many men his age were pushed to fight in the war.
In all Wilfred Owen is trying to show that there is nothing good about war. This poem is very effective as an anti-war poem. His main point is the old saying: 'Dulce et Decorum Est, pro patria mori' is a lie and the last word used is death. Even though it may be honourable to die for your country, it is not sweet and never will be. My conclusion is that, although I preferred reading 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', 'Dulce et Decorum Est' taught me the most about war and conflict.
Wilfred Owen’s war poetry examines the intense and extraordinary human experience of war. His body of work is clearly concerned with unveiling the real atrocities and devastation wreaked by war, as well as elucidating the falsity manifested by war propaganda. Owen’s poem illuminates the severe and debilitating effect war has upon the young, examining the painful way in which these young soldiers were left to die. ’Dulce Et Decorum Est’, subverts traditional perceptions of war as being honourable, by graphically portraying the debilitating and traumatic consequences of war on the young innocent soldiers. This poem is an attack on the government who use propaganda to encourage generations of ‘boys’ to sacrifice their lives for some ‘desperate