Analysis Of Wilfred Owen 's ' Dulce Et Decorum Est ' And ' Anthem For Doomed Youth '

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Wilfred Owen’s personal experiences with war and deep contextual knowledge have developed a distinctively memorable image of the overlying theme of pity throughout his body of work. This challenges previously held beliefs on the romanticised nature of war. This concept is particularly evident in two of his most famous poems ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ which offer powerful concepts of the pity of war and give the reader the opportunity to the live the war experience through strong poetic language. Owen successfully incorporates a variety of extensive poetic terms and techniques in order to encapsulate the theme of pity. Therefore, ensuring that pity is a memorable image left in the readers mind.

‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ is a poem written to shock the audience out of their romanticised view of war and establish a shocking memorable image of the horrors of war, in order to create a memorable image of pity. It is throughout the description of a gas attack scene which presents the image of a soldier dying because he can not get his mask on quickly enough, that a pitiful tone is firstly achieved. Through imagery we feel the soldiers exhaustion as they ‘trudge’ like ‘old beggars under sacks’ and we witness the tragedy of war when young, fit men are reduced to ‘coughing like hags’. In the third stanza the onomatopoeic ‘guttering, choking, drowning’ creates a sensory experience highlighting the inescapable horrors soldiers have endured during battle.…

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