Analysis Of Wilfred Owen 's ' Dulce Et Decorum Est Essay

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Wilfred Owen, an esteemed poet, used his experiences in the trenches of France during World War One as a basis for the skilfully crafted text, “Dulce et Decorum Est”. Owens purpose, to condemn the disillusioned and glorified ideals that that it is honourable and sweet to die for one’s nation, and instead expose wars ‘real nature’, is achieved through the utilisation of various poetic devices, including powerful imagery, harsh sounds, tone and the manipulation of structure. By establishing a sombrely bitterly tone, and highlighting themes of suffering, horror and dehumanisation of soldiers, Owen conveys the concern war is pitiful, rather than glorious, to a highly successful extent.
Owens structural choices in the ‘Dulce et Decorum’ reflect the overall theme of the pity of war. Following the ballad structure, a narrative unfolds in four distinctive stanzas as the readers are transported to the volatile and merciless trenches of the war. Initially, the scene is established as soldiers return from the battlefield. As the ‘men marched asleep’, their exhaustion is evident. Action arises in stanza 2, as a mustard gas attack prompts a hasty retrieval of gas masks, however, one solider fails. The subsequent stanzas follow the unsuccessful soldier’s agony and suffering, leading to a haunted aftermath and the Owen denouncing war. Although vaguely resembling a French ballad and the first two stanzas can be considered a Shakespearean sonnet, following iambic pentameter, overall,…

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