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

819 Words Mar 30th, 2016 4 Pages
“Dulce et Decorum Est” a poem by Wilfred Owen, who was a Solider who served and died for the queen’s army, portrays the shocking and horrific experience of trench warfare during World War I. Owen’s takes us to a gruesome reality of what war really is and the effects of trying to dip and doge gas attacks, insomnia, trench foot, and the loss of their brothers in arms all while holding on to that single disillusion of hope; “Dulce et decorum est” (Line 27) it is sweet and right to die for your country. Through the use of Tone, Diction, and Imagery Owen’s is able to let us see the world through his eyes and makes us ask the question, Is it really that sweet to die for one 's country? Matthew Parfait, who wrote an article in the book Masterplots writes “Owen is often judged to be the most remarkable of the group of “war poets” who emerged during World War” and Dulce et Decorum Est is considered to be Owens finest poem.

To Begin, as the poem opens “Bent double, like old beggars.” (Line 1) “Coughing like hags” (Line 2) Owens vividly portrays the price of trench warfare of going deaf, blind, and gaining mental illness. Which sets the tone of the poem as being angry and disappointed. The tone is achieved by Owens vivid and gruesome depictions of his firsthand experience, in which he tries to tell the readers that war is nothing to be glorified. Because during that era there were no TV’s and some had radios. During that era the majority of people would read newspapers, were the…

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