Analysis of War Poems

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  • Topic: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, Dulce et Decorum Est, Death
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In this day and age, we are subjected to warfare. Terror and destruction

I do not agree with the concept of war, but I understand the necessity of it, sometimes. Who am I to disagree with the beliefs of someone else? Most wars are fought because of a fundamental truth - beliefs. Whether it is religious, territorial, economical, it all begins with believing that it is right and just and being prepared to risk your life to defend your belief.

I am sickened by the cruelty and waste of life and angered by those who believe and promote the "old lie", that it's "sweet and fitting to die for ones country". Youth are misguided about the belief that it is right and just. However, it is primarily their decision to go to war if that is what they believe in and fight for their country thinking that they're helping to achieve dominance for their belief.

The poem, Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen effectively conveys his message about war through poetic technique and language. This enhances the poems quality, showing the pointlessness of war, the injustice of it and the idealistic enthusiasm of believing in the idea. "My friend, you would not tell with such high zest" indicates this statement. Writing from personal experience, Wilfred Owen promotes a dominant reading that rejects the conception that dying for your country is worth aspiring to. In Dulce Et Decorum Est, Owen establishes horrific images of war and the horrendous trauma that the young soldiers had to endure.

By Owen using similes - "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags" and the metaphor "blood-shod; drunk with fatigue", he generates an image and rhythm in which the audience can conjure up a visualization of the place. The impression created is of the company that the exhausted soldiers had returning. "Gas! Gas! Quick boys!" has an immediate response from the audience as the pace and a sense of urgency is reflected by the command. Emotive language constructs...
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