The Atrocities Of War By Wilfred Owen

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Wilfred Owen portrays the atrocities of war by utilising vivid images and descriptions to give the audience a greater understanding of the hardships and loss endured throughout war. This has been highlighted throughout Wilfred Owens poems, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’, ‘Futility’ and ‘insensibility’. Through the use of poetic techniques such as aural and visual imagery, similes, metaphors and alliteration, the mental, physical and emotional impact suffered by soldiers during war is being explored. [Thesis statement] Owen’s aim was to recount the horrific sights and sounds that soldiers leaving the front line endured during a gas attack. The title of the poem itself ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’is Latin and is a famous poem meaning it is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country, this title has been used ironically by Owen as throughout the poem he continually suggests it is not particularly sweet or honourable. Within the opening line the soldiers are being presented with a Simile, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks” and “coughing like hags” these visual representations of the soldiers allows the audience to understand the pain and exhaustion the soldiers are feeling. Owen has highlighted the horrific acts endured throughout war and the increasing vulnerability of these men, through sensory imagery “Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!” the authoritative command forces the soldiers into a mode of sheer panic and distress which then consumes their minds. “Dim through the misty panes and thick green light, as under a green sea, I saw him drowning”Owen has recreated the gas attack by using a Simile, metaphor and visual imagery, those who were quick enough were forced to watch in agony their fellow mates passing.Within the final stanza, the aftermat... ... middle of paper ... ...tone shifts and becomes accusatory, critical and angry, “cursed are dullards” is juxtaposed as the soldiers will never know war. The stanza ends with “whatever shares – The eternal reciprocity of tears.” As Owen is explaining that sane people will never lack the ability to grieve, he does not outright condemn these soldiers, understanding why they supress their feelings as they do. Within Wilfred Owens Poems, ‘Dulce et Decorum est’, ‘Futility’ and ‘Insensibility’ the audience through vivid images and descriptions have gained an understanding of the hardships and loss endured throughout war. These hardships and loss were portrayed throughout Owens poetry with the use of literary techniques including, aural and visual imagery, similes, metaphors and alliteration. With these, the mental, emotional and physical impact in which the soldiers suffered is being reconnoitred.

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