Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and was pressured into volunteering for the military. He wrote nothing of importance until he saw action in 1917. After experiencing the true horrors of war, his boyish demeanor changed entirely. He wrote home saying, "The people of England needn 't hope. They must agitate" (Owen, letter to his mother). This shows his attitude towards the war. He was terrified for himself and for France. This is important to keep in mind when reading “Dulce et Decorum Est”.
The entire poem has a dark, dismal, and horrific tone meant to capture the terrors and fast paced life or death moments Owen experienced. Everything up until the end sets up the point Owen makes in the last four lines.
“My friend, you would not tell with such high