Dulce Et Decorum Est Poem

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War is something that is usually not related to poetry because it is viewed in a negative light. However, war could be considered poetry in motion. Every moment in battle is unique in its own way. When a poet writes about a war-related occurrence, it becomes a beautiful piece of art. The two poems discussed are “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen and “Harry Patch (In Memory of)” by the rock band Radiohead. These two poems have one common theme -- war.
Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” which translates to “It is sweet and right” is a poem about a proud soldier and his perspective during a nighttime battle in World War One (WWI). The platoon of soldiers is moving on the front from one location of the trenches to the next for safe haven from enemy attacks. While crossing through the trenches, they are hit with a gas bomb which causes nervous chaos amongst this group of soldiers who are seeking protection from the poisonous threat. One of the soldiers does not make it to safety in time, gets hit, and falls behind. The speaker
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A difference being that Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” is about a group of soldiers and that Radiohead’s “Harry Patch (In Memory of)” commemorates a single surviving soldier. In Owen’s poem, the entire storyline is based around a group of soldiers who were forced to watch one of their own die a slow and painful death. Lines 5-8 give the reader a good perspective of the relentlessness of war and how devastating it can be on one mentally and physically. The beaten and battered soldiers had become numb to the gun shells being fired (“outstripped Five-Nines” (7)) and explosions (“hoots” (8)). The second stanza describes the forgotten soldier trying to make his way to the rest of the platoon. The rest of soldiers look on through their gas masks as they see their brother come through the smoke with death in his eyes, constricted by the poisonous

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