Theme Of War In Dulce Et Decorum Est

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The poems “Dulce et decorum Est” and “The letter” are written by Wilfred Owen during WW1. Owen started writing these poems when he suffered an injury during the war and had to go back to England to recover. These poems have a similar message about war as Owen seems to give a firsthand experience about war in these poems which draws the reader closer to Owen. In the poem Dulce et Decorum Est, Owen presents war as violent, inconsiderate and simply pointless. He uses a variety of different techniques such as irony, onomatopoeia, and effective punctuation to support his visualisation and experience of war. Owen loathes the idea of war and tries to convey that there is nothing positive from it. This poem is dedicated to Jessie Pope who was also an English poet and she based most of her poems about patriotism during the World War 1. The title, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, attributed to the Roman poet Quintus Horace, translates to: it is sweet and right (to die …show more content…
Owen uses mockery throughout “The Letter” to convey his beliefs to the audience. Using parentheses to enclose his actual thoughts and beliefs on the war, he juxtaposes this to the free text which represents the censorship and public perspectives during this context. An evidence for this would be “(Oh blast this pencil. 'Ere, Bill, lend's a knife.)” This shows that the soldiers have no access to basic necessities such as a sharpener to sharpen their pencil. Another quote to show the public perspectives is the idiom “I’m in the pink at present, dear.” This is an opposite of what Owen writes in the previous line as this tells us he is doing well when he uses idiom “pink at present”, implying he is perfectly fine. Therefore, Owen uses mockery to contradict the public's opinions of war as he tells them the war is not what he think it

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