Analysis Of ' Dulce Et Decorum Est, By Wilfred Owen Essay

1008 Words Oct 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Wilfred Owen’s Poem, Dulce Et Decorum Est, is a message in response to the propaganda for World War One in Britain. Owen’s home country of Britain produced propaganda to influence the men of the country to join the effort to save their country. Owen signed up for the war effort and saw first hand that what the British government advocates of the war is not what is really experienced on the front lines. The significance of this document is to show the realities of war to the population not experience he fight first hand.

Owen wrote this poem for the people at home, therefore his writing style uses a significant amount of metaphors to help the people not on the Frontline of the war experience it. This translates to historians of today’s era as well. Seeing as there are no veterans of World War One still living, Dulce Et Decorum Est is an example of the imperativeness of documents written first hand by soldiers experiencing the war. Few people experience the tragedies of war let alone grasp the images that were seen. Owen depicts the war in metaphors that are impactful enough and relatable enough for people to grasp the gruesomeness of war. The word choice is very horrific and for the most part, aside from 2 lines, is not romanticized in anyway. For example, “at every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.” This line from Owen’s poem, Dulce Et Decorum Est his skillful use of metaphors to describe the trenches to people who did not experience it.


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