Essay about Analysis Of Poem ' Dulce Et Decorum Est '

770 Words Sep 22nd, 2014 4 Pages
“Dulce et Decorum Est” is an anti-war poem illustrating the horrors of war. The author of the poem, Wilfred Owen, is a renowned poet, who is known for his criticism on the violence of war, but he was ironically a soldier who lost his life in battle. In this poem, Owen gives the reader a passionate and delightful vibe with the title of the work, but is ironically reflecting the haunting tragedy of warfare. The use of figurative language throughout the poem such as: simile, metaphor, imagery, etc. help to expound the horror of World War I and truly show the terrifying reality of bloodshed in it. Many literary devices are used throughout this poem, but the ones that stick out more than others are simile, metaphor and imagery. These devices provide a thorough and very descriptive explanation to the poem. Simile is used in the poem several times to give the reader a better understanding of what is actually happening during all the fighting. Some examples are “Bent double, like old beggars,” “coughing like hags,” and “His hanging face, like a devils sick of sin” (Owen). All of these are used to describe soldiers during war. The soldiers are “like old beggars;” they are crippled and mentally unstable, and “His hanging face, like a devil 's sick of sin," suggests the soldiers face is covered with blood symbolizing the devil (Owen). Owen uses these comparisons to show the common man what it is like out there on a battlefield because it is hard to depict what warfare is like unless…

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