Poem Analysis : ' Dulce Et Decorum Est And The Fish `` Essay

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Poetry is a journey into a new world of language that leaves readers fascinated. Poets take their time to intermingle different forms of figurative language to present their topic in a way that takes time to understand. By using rhetorical devices a poet is capable of taking short stanzas and making them into a work of art that can leave the reader guessing the intended meaning for generations. Well written poems contain various types of rhetorical devices such as imagery, metaphors, similes, personification, alliteration, and diction just to name a few. Four poems which make great use of Figurative language are “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, “The eagle” by Lord Tennyson Alfred, “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, and “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop. These poems are so different and written in completely different time periods, but yet they still have things in common which make them worthy of study.
Dulce et Decorum Est
Wilfred Owens crams this poem with multiple examples of figurative language which are used to enhance the overall message of the poem. Dulce et Decorum Est is an anti-war poem which tells of a soldiers experience in World War I. One Rhetorical device the author employs is the use of imagery, the use of words and phrases to allow the reader to accumulate of picture of what the author is trying to say. Throughout the poem there is evidence of Visual (seeing), Organic (Feelings and experience), Auditory (hearing), and kinesthetic (Movement and sense of bodily…

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