Character Of The Happy Warrior Poem

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Imagine this, your 25-year-old son is in war, fighting for the sake of your country and your people. You are finally about to reunite with him after a long wait for his return. Imagine this, you receive a knock at your door 1 week before you were promised that your son, who is fighting for war, will be returning back home safely. Someone you’ve never met before tells you the most devastating news and before you know it, your son will not be returning home ever again. Imagine how this would feel, because this is exactly what happened to our English poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen.

Good morning/afternoon. It is my great pleasure and honor to be with you all today. My name is Basma Noor and I am here standing before you all, pleading to the
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The usage of the word “happy” portrays a sarcastic and ironic tone as a reference to Wordsworth’s work “Character of the Happy Warrior’ to show that the ‘happy’ soldier is truly not happy. Owen then uses symbolism in “can let their veins run cold” to further emphasize on the soldiers who would prefer choosing death over living. Moreover, the oxymoron in “compassion fleers” further emphasis that they are only happy when they have no compassion. In addition, the line is also ironic because in reality, the soldiers’ happiness, feelings, and senses are all pulled away from them, which further confirms the inhumanity of war and therefore should be stopped. Owen then quotes in the third stanza “Happy are those who lose imagination”.

The purpose for the repetition of “happy” in stanza 1 and 3 is to make the readers focus more on the sarcastic tone of Owen, and to emphasize more on the fact that soldiers were definitely not happy about the conditions of war, to the point where imagining a normal life is too painful to even consider. “Having seen all things red, in blood” Owen says. The usage of a high modality language creates an imperious tone to portray that everything around them were surrounded in “red” symbolising those soldiers who are around him covered “in
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The title of the poem is latin for “it is sweet and right to die for one’s country”. This phrase was very common to use during World War one, also repeats in the last 2 lines of the poem. The speaker of the poem ironically refutes and challenges the message espoused by many that war is glorious and it is an honor to die for one’s country. The main theme Owen explores is the theme of death. Although ‘death’ is not mentioned throughout the poem, the context and situation of the soldiers further depicts the theme of death. Dulce et Decorum Est was written in 1917 while Owen was at Craig Lockhart and was published in 1920. The poem paints a scene of battlefield of soldiers being taken over by a poisonous gas. “Dulce” is a message to a poet and propagandist, Jessie Pope, who had written several enthusiastic poems about the romanticism of war and encouraging those young men to join war. Throughout the end of the poem, Jessie Pope is the “friend” that Owen addresses directly with a sarcastic and ironic tone in “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest / To children ardent…” to establish that if you knew what the reality of war was like, you would not encourage young boys to join

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