Analysis Of The Poem ' Dulce Et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen Essay

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Throughout the ages poetry has been an instrument used by mankind to express their innermost feelings and thoughts. Poetry written during times of conflict, especially war, has an abundance of gritty details and raw emotions. “Dulce Et Decorum Est” written by Wilfred Owen is a fantastic example of this and realistically portrays the eerie experiences of war. Owen paints a tale of the woes of battle and how gas attacks claim the lives of the unfortunate. He was able to produce such a disturbingly true poem through his own experiences in battle. His tragic death only a week before the end of the war serves to add to the cynical tone (Ward 18). The speaker within the poem has been physically and mentally exhausted by the horrors of the war, and claims that the noble cause of fighting for one’s country is a mere irony. Wilfred Owen uses figurative language, imagery, and sound devices to create a haunting and bleak tone.
One tool that Owen uses to establish the gloomy tone is the inclusion of a wide variety of figurative language. Owen managed to incorporate many similes, metaphors, and even a hyperbole. His use of similes within the poem all contribute to a withering and disturbing atmosphere. “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks/ Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,” is a simple yet effective way to show the reader how the soldiers are faring in the war (l. 1-2). At this point the soldiers are physically and mentally ravaged by the outcomes of each…

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