Analysis Of ' Dulce Et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen Essay

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In “Dulce et Decorum est,” Wilfred Owen employs many literary devices such as simile, imagery, and sound devices effectively to show the horror of the war. This poem reveals the hidden truths of the World War I, by uncovering the cruelties of what the soldiers faced. This poem is based on Owen’s wartime experience and what he witnessed on the combat field. The reader is introduced to the horror of war in the first stanza through the use of a strong simile. In line one, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,” the poet is comparing a soldier to a beggar. If you use your prior knowledge, you would know that a beggar is poor, without food, is in ragged clothing, and has to carry a bag filled with their possessions over his shoulder. This line suggests that the military men are walking with weight. “Old beggars” implies how the men have been aged prematurely by their experiences. The contrast here is soldiers are usually seem to be young and energetic but in this case, they seem old and no energy left in them. Another example of simile, is in line twelve, “…flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.” This simile intensifies the emphasis of pain. The one soldier who was unable to get himself protected from the mustard gas is trying to escape and fight. However, is unable to. The severe burns are less easy to treat and are fatal. The use of simile adds more intensity to the pain in which the poem depicts. Owen uses sound devices such as meter, onomatopoeia, and…

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