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

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Wilfred Owen’s argument in “Dulce et Decorum Est”
Wilfred Owen, the poet of “Dulce et Decorum Est” was a British soldier who fought during World War 1. His poem was published in 1920 which was after his death in 1918. The title of the book is in Latin and it was taken from Homer’s Iliad and Horace’s line from ode 3.2 and it one of the most famous quotations from roman literature. Owen died at age 25 from shell shock during the last week of the war in the hand of the Germans but before he died, he wanted to convey a strong message to the world about the realities of war. One of them being that, there is no true honor in dying for one’s country especially if death is not necessary and the problem between the two parties can be settled through other means because the death and pain that comes with war is unjustifiable. Another argument is that those people willing to go to war should learn everything there is to know about wars before joining the army which he taught perfectly in this poem .The poet brilliantly conveyed his message through the use of imagery, allusion, and metaphor because he wanted to employ the method of letting the horrors speak for itself. These elements make the message clearer by giving a graphic image to the reader. The use of poem is a very efficient way to express an idea. This poem is an anti-war poem. The use of first person in writing the poem is a sign of firsthand experience and it shows that he knows what he is talking…

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