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

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Wilfred Owen’s, “Dulce Et Decorum Est,” is arguably the greatest anti-war poem. It was composed near the end of the First World War by Owen who had actually experienced the horrors of the trenches. Owen gives readers the reality behind the wartime recruiting phrases, “it is sweet and fitting to die for your country,” as he records a friend’s death during a gas attack. This is a First World War poem, the poem that most brilliantly, most accurately, most informatively sums up the horrors, the fears, the terror of being a combatant of being a soldier in that particular military engagement. The poem was written in 1918 by a man who soldiered in that war, a man who experienced what he is talking about in the poem itself. The poem’s title, “Dulce Et Decorum Est” is Latin. It’s from the Latin poet Horace and it means “it is sweet and fitting to die for your country.” Owen writes “Dulce Et Decorum Est” at a time when military propaganda- to get young men to enlist to join up and fight- is still going on. The actual horrors of what the soldiers are experiencing on the front lines have not been made fully apparent to the British public at the point when Owen gives the world this particular poem. It is clear that Owen is questioning the statement “dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori” at a time when it is not very popular to have that statement questioned. Let me point out that this is also a time when Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Soldier” which can basically be summed up…

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