Dulce Et Decorum Est Essay
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