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

1007 Words Aug 11th, 2016 5 Pages
To die for one 's country? Is it truly worth it? Isn 't family, love, and life far more important than proving one 's bravery? Good Afternoon ladies and gentleman of the Townsville literary society I’d like to share with you, Wilfred Owen 's poem "Dulce et Decorum Est". It is without a doubt one of, if not the most, memorable and anthologised poems in Owen 's work. This is a powerful antiwar poem which takes place on a battlefield during World War1. Dulce et Decorum Est was written in 1917, and published posthumously in 1920. Through the dramatic use of imagery, similes, and language, he clearly states that war is horrific and damaging. Wilfred Owen had considerable first-hand experience of the horrors of gas warfare during World War 1, as he served as a Lieutenant in the British Army. Just a week before the armistice he was killed in action. This poem is an attempt to depict the helplessness of men caught on the battlefield of war.
Owen writes in four irregular paragraphs, the shock of a gas attack is sketched briefly and he generally describes the condition of men involved in the war. Owens poem is partly fuelled by self-blame for the misery he could do nothing to relieve. His poem is unpleasant and the tone of this poem is angry and ironic. Explicit details of horror and misery is what Owen dwells on to bitterly and ironically refute the message of war being glorious and that it is an honour to die for one 's country.
‘Dulce et decorum est’, is Latin for, "It is sweet…

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