Analysis Of ' Dulce Et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen Essay

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In Dulce et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen appallingly recounts the occurrences on the battlefield throughout World War One. The poem is centered on the quote, “Dulce et decorum est- pro patria mori”, ironically meaning, “It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country”. However, there is absolutely nothing in the poem that is sweet. He depicts war as an aging and dehumanizing experience by utilizing terrifying metaphors and sensory details effectively. Owen then forces the reader to cringe through a gas attack from beginning to end. Owen utilizes sensory details as well as comparisons to challenge the quote that is, “It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country”; as he seeks to expose the real lasting effects of watching countless men die in battle. Owen wrote this poem during World War One while there was stark contrast between what people were told about war, and how it was experienced. Owen was one of the few poets of the time to show war as being a horrific experience, and questioned whether it was a patriotic act. “Dulce et Decorum Est” is emphasized by Owen through bookending the quote. It translates into, “It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country.” “Dulce et Decorum Est” is also taken out of book three of the Odes where it describes how even if you retreat in battle, death will catch up with you eventually. Ironically, rather than validating this quote, Owen shapes great contrast against it. Within the last lines of the poem, Owen refers to this quote as, “the…

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