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Peotry Essay

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Wilfred Owen created a peom about World War 1 and his experience in it. The title 'Dulce Et Decorum Est', are the beginning portion of the Latin saying, 'It is sweet and Right'. The

saying, in its entirety, ends the poem, 'Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori', which means "It is sweet and right to die for one's country." This saying was often used in

propaganda to get younger people to enlist at the starting of the war. The war was made out to extremely heroic and of utmost honor to serve in it. Owens writing of this poem,

shows us the true horrors and crueltys of War, not how the government actually portrayed it as proud and honourable.

In the first stanza we are briefly shown the setting of the poem, a well as how the men were feeling at that point of the war. The soldiers were exiting the battlefield and moving to

an area where they can rest, when they are attacked with gas filled shells. The poet uses imagery to show us how exhausted and mindless the men had become, and how

incredibly injured many of them were from spending time in the trenches. Some of the imagery of exhausting and mindlessness Owens uses are in the phrases, 'like old beggars

under sacks', 'Men marched asleep', 'All went lame; all blind', 'Drunk with fatigue', and 'deaf even to the hoots'. The men were so exhausted they ignored the flares that are sent up

to show the attackers where to shoot the shells of gas. Owen shows us that these soldiers senses had been numbed by the terrible conditions and horrendous cicumstances of the

war and how these numbed senses make them unable to realise they were under attack.

The second stanza describes the terrible realization of the soldiers that they are under attack from gas shells. 'The ecstasy of fumbling', shows the desperate attempts of the

soldiers to find their gas masks. The mask is the difference between a painful, terrible death and being able to live. Owen uses the comparison the of a soldier...

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