Owen paints a terrifying picture of these tired and wounded soldiers. When one usually thinks of a soldier they think of young, strong, and confident man. However, the soldiers in the poem are compared to old beggars and hags; while they marched on, barely able to keep their eyes open from lack of sleep, they have a hard time walking. This is because they had lost their shoes in battle and their feet were “blood-shod”. (Line 6) This term means that the sol... ... middle of paper ... ...onal in the fact that he was in the war and he encountered everything first hand.
Owen wants his readers to think about the harsh conditions of war, and understanding the tragedy and sad emotions of soldiers who wouldn’t get the last laugh since many of them die. To reference the title of the poem, Wilfred describes the weapons getting the last laugh at the end of each stanza. In “The Last Laugh,” Owen identifies the way in which the weapons have more power versus religion, family, and love. According to line 3, “The Bullets chirped -- In vain, vain, vain!,” the bullets are mocking his religion. The weapons might have hit the soldier to make him curse at God and be in vain.
The horrors in these descriptions contradict the glorification of the war The poem consists of four stanzas, the first describes the soldiers, the second a gas attack, the third Owen’s nightmares and last an accusation to the people back home. Owen’s poems are suffused with the horror of battle, and yet finely structured and innovative. The first stanza sets the scene as it describes the conditions the men fought in and their feelings. Owen immediately shocks the readers by describing the young soldiers as ‘bent double’ emphasising their exhaustion and the way they slump along, deformed by fatigue, I think this is an effective simile because no one back home will be expecting their proud soldiers described as beggars. The simile ‘coughing like hags’ was used because the men who went into battle were relatively young, yet after battle they looked old and ugly, hence hags.
Comparison of Three First World War Poems The three poems that I will be studying in this essay are “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, “Comrades: An Episode” by Robert Nichols and “Who’s For The Game?” by Jessie Pope. These poems are about the First World War and two of them seem to have a negative attitude criticising and downgrading the so-called spectacular experience of the First World War. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” Wilfred Owen seems to mention good aspects of the War but compares them to low-class tragic events. In “Comrades: An Episode” Robert Nichols describes the event of a soldier being badly injured and eventually dying. It describes what the corporals and soldiers did and how they reacted to the situation.
The soldiers, who have been fighting for a long time in the trenches, are finally returning to their billets to rest. The exhaustion of the men is shown here through similes which compare the men to old beggars and hags, ‘like beggars under sacks’ and ‘coughing like hags’, although they were young men, showing just how exhausted they were and the effects the war is having on them physically. Also, the men are ‘blood-shod’ which makes them seem more like horses than human beings. Owen also uses metaphors in stanza one to describe the terrible tiredness the men were suffering from, ‘men marched asleep’. The stanza describes how the poor conditions of the trenches are putting a strain on the soldiers, until they are ‘knock-kneed’ and having to ‘trudge’ through the ‘sludge’ to get to their place of rest.
Owen portrays the soldier as helpless. In the second stanza ... ... middle of paper ... ...oem ends with a rhetorical question, ‘’why don’t they come?’’, this again shows how the soldier is dependent on others, however, nobody is interested as he is not ‘’whole’’ compared to the other men. This suggests the soldier feels a sense of jealousy. ‘’why don’t they come?’’ is repeated twice, this is effective as it concludes the poem, summarizing the soldiers thoughts, thus making the reader feel sympathetic towards the soldier. Overall the war has a negative impact on soldiers, mentally, socially, and physically.
A poem which I have recently read is: “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen. The main point Wilfred Owen tries to convey in this poem is the sheer horror of war. Owen uses many techniques to show his feelings, some of which I’ll be exploring. Wilfred Owen is a tired soldier on the front line during World War I. In the first stanza of Dulce Et Decorum Est he describes the men and the condition they are in and through his language shows that the soldiers deplore the conditions.
Owen shows in this poem, by depicting the horror and cruelty of the War, how far the common belief that war was proud and honourable, was from the truth. In the first stanza we are introduced to the setting of the poem as well as to a few of the horrors of the war. The men are leaving the battlefield and are moving to a place of rest when they are hit by gas filled artillery shells. It gives a description of how fatigued and weary the men were and how badly injured many of them were after spending time in the trenches of the front lines. The image of tiredness and sleep is introduced in the first stanza phrases such as 'Bent-double' (line 1), 'distant rest' (line 4) and 'Men marched asleep' (line 5).
“Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge” Owen uses several similes to deepen our appreciation of the poem. They create an image of young soldiers walking with arched backs, their clothes tattered and torn, much like an old beggar. They also show how the soldiers are crippled, both mentally and physically, and are burdened by the weight of the war. Owen also seems to be reluctant to introduce him and his fellow soldiers. We are acquainted with simile upon simile before we are introduced to the mysterious ‘we’, the subjects of the poem.
Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” is a poem about World War I. Owen describes the horrors of war he has witnessed first-hand after enlisting in the war. Prior to his encounter with war he was a devote Christian with an affinity towards poetry, and after being swayed by war agitprop he returned home to enlist in the army; Owen was a pacifist and was at his moral threshold once he had to kill a man during the war. The poem goes into detail about what the soldiers had to endure according to Owen, “many had lost their boots / but limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; / drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots” (5-7). Owen’s conclusion to the poem is that “the old Lie; dulce et decorum est / pro patria mori” (27-28), Latin for “it is sweet and right to die for your country,” is not easily told when one has experienced war.