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

1747 Words Nov 16th, 2016 7 Pages
War, as many people know, creates massive casualties of humans, hatred among humankind, and overall, catastrophe. Many soldiers, who are also the leading generation for our future, are forced to take part in what could be known as “homicide” as they would go on to kill their enemies, most of them belonging to same age. It is no wonder that the horribleness and atrocity of war is a common theme among poets. The literary works of Owen, Jarrell, and Komunyakaa asserts that war causes severe damages to humanity and no one should go through its ruthlessness. In Wilfred Owen’s poem, “Dulce et Decorum Est” the poet uses his own war experience to strongly argue against the idea that war is glorious, as the olden days thought so. Owen, a soldier at World War I, uses his experience to portray the bitterness and devastation of war. On one instance, Owen remembers his unit retreating from the battlefield when the enemies threw hazardous gas bombs on them. While he and other soldier were unharmed, one was unlucky, as Owen “saw him drowning” (ll 14), since being gassed gave similar experience to being drowned. He then, with terror, remembers that the soldier had a “hanging face, like a devil sick of sin” (ll 20), as if even the devil would be shocked to see him struggle for life. He would also have constant nightmare of this horrid incident, forever haunting him. Also, Ironic to the title, which translates to “sweet and fitting it is” his description of war is rather the opposite,…

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