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

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Many people experienced hardship and strife during the First World War. Some countries entered the war on account of the assassination of Duke Franz Ferdinand. Others, entered the war because of who they were allies with. Great Britain and France were among these allies. The author of the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est,” Wilfred Owen, was a British war poet. He was wounded in 1917. According to, it was at this time Owen wrote many of his most important poems, including "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulce et Decorum Est". According to Bryan Rivers, Owen was a commissioned officer fighting at the front. According to The Wilfred Owen Association, Owen was killed on 4 November 1918 during the battle to cross the Sambre-Oise canal at Ors. Even though the translation of the poem is “It is Sweet and Proper,” the poem was meant to tell about things that were on the complete other side of the spectrum. Owen believes that there is nothing honorable or noble about war. He believes there is no glory to be found in war and that the government should be warned of such. Wilfred Owen uses the literary devices: similes, diction, his word choices, and imagery to prove his opinion that there is nothing noble and honorable that comes from war, only hardship and strife. Wilfred Owen uses similes many times as his literary devices in his poem to show the hardship and strife that war causes. The first similies come from the opening line of the poem, “Bent double, like old beggars under…

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