Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was born in Plas Wilmot (England), he was one of the top English poet of World War I. He worked as a tutor in Europe. ’’Dulce et Decorum Est.’’ meaning ‘’It is sweet and right’’, in other words it means it’s wonderful and a great honor to fight for your country. The poem shows the reader how the people suffer during World War I. Owen presents the theme of the poem-which is that a person should do anything for his country even dying. The structure of the poem is one stanza that contains 28 lines; it can have 4 equal stanzas each with 7 lines. The poem has a ABAB rhyming scheme. The whole poem takes place in the war.
Through vivid imagery and convincing metaphors, the poem gives us the feeling that Owen wanted to. Owen use of figurative language emphasizes his point which is to show that war is a terrible thing. He used words such as guttering, choking and drowning to show the reader how the soldiers suffered. He also used similes in the poem , for example ‘’Bent double like old beggars under sacks’ ‘and ‘’his hanging face , like a devils sick of sins’’ he is comparing the hanged man who is probably covered with blood to the devil ,both comparisons contain the red color. He also uses metaphors when he says ‘’incurable sores on innocent tongues’’ as he’s trying to say that the soldiers will never forget this bad experience. He uses alliterations and hyperbole when he says ‘’ I’ve marched asleep, many had lost their boots’’’ to show how tired where the soldiers. He used omnotopia for words such as ‘’trudge’’.
Owens ‘’Dulce et Decorum Est’’ shows the reader how words can describe war and its effect is that it shows how World War I caused a lot of people to suffer.
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