Dulce Et Decorum Est Essay

2362 Words Apr 17th, 2010 10 Pages
“Anyone, who truly wants to go to war, has never really been there before” Kosovar. This not so famous quote, tells about how blind people were to the horrors and tribulations of war due to a force we call propaganda. “Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori” is a controversial phrase used to describe the benefits of going to war. It has different translations but it basically states “it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country”, this is just one of the many techniques a nation could use to shade the soldiers to the harsh reality of war. In this essay I will be evaluating two poems Dulce et Decorum est and The Charge of the Light Brigade. “Dulce et Decorum” est is a poem about war written by Wilfred Owen during World War 1 in 1917-1918. …show more content…
The capital letter on the phrase and the use of exclamation, making it easier to see that someone is shouting out. The sharp entry to the second stanza off the back of the slow start is a juxtaposition this emphasises wars unexpectancy.

Wilfred Owen compares the gas to a green sea to stress the gasses danger.
“As under a green sea, I saw him drowning”
The poet likens the gas to green sea not only because of the colour but because in both atmospheres it is impossible to breath fluently. The poet continues to mock the title by telling us about the “drowning” which represents chaos of a gas attack. The last two lines of the 2nd stanza do not rhyme this could be because of the slowness of death that is experienced through death from a gas attack.
Owen tells that there is a loss of identity during the chaos of war.
“But someone still was yelling out and stumbling”
The use of the word “someone” shows that during warfare you are note recognized by an identity and the word “yelling out” suggest chaos during the war. Another connotation may suggest that the soldiers were too scared to stick together as one and help each other.
The third stanza is separated from the rest of the stanzas to show his initial reflection to the barbarity of war.
“In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, he plunges at me guttering, choking, and drowning.
The poet repeats the word “my” to exaggerate that it is his reflection of the nightmare of war. The couplet could easily

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