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Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen

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Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen "Dulce et decorum est" is a poem written by the poet Wilfred Owen during the First World War. It was written to portray the reality of war. In it he describes the horrors he witnessed as a soldier from the front line of battle. The aim of the poem was to tell people that Jessie Pope, a poet who was encouraging young men to go to war because it was glorious, was wrong. The poem starts with soldiers marching away from the battlefield. They have just been in battle and are heading back to their rest areas: "bent double" Owen describes the way in which the soldiers are walking. They are bent double with exhaustion and fatigue. They walk in a crooked stance. They are unable to walk properly; it is too much effort so they walk leaning over almost collapsing but not quite. The way that the soldiers look is portrayed in the poem: "like old beggars under sacks" The soldiers have been in a bloody battle, they are dirty and shabby. Owen describes them as like beggars because they remind him of homeless people with rags for clothes, uncomfortable and undesirable. Their clothes look like sacks, battered and torn. The men are "knock-kneed". The men are probably shaking with terror and lack of sleep and nutrition. This means that their knees are likely to be shaking therefore giving the impression that their knees are knocking. Owen uses alliteration to again represent the extreme exhaustion of the soldiers. The soldiers are, "coughing like hags" They probably caught lung diseases from the appalling conditions in the trenches and being so close to people all the time. They soun... ... middle of paper ... ...main one of these is the emotive language that Owen uses for shock. He also uses alliteration, metaphors, similes, listing in threes and onomatopoeia to name but a few. The sarcasm to Jessie Pope and other people who shared her point of view is evident all the way through the poem especially the final stanza. In the poem he has mixed realism with description to produce a poem that reflects his personal account of the night. To write this poem must have been hard and heart rending as the poet has had to remember his friend and the night when the event happened. I think that Wilfred Owen was writing for a good cause. Everyone deserved to know the truth and understand more about what war was. Owen wrote from his heart and I think his poem deserve respect because they are true and paint a vivid picture in your imagination.
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