The Man He Killed And Dulce Et Decorum Est Analysis

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War can be a very intense time for the soldiers who fight them as we see in “The Man He Killed” and “Dulce et Decorum Est.” which are told from the perspective of a soldier in the midst of war and in “Dover Beach” which is told from the perspective of a person who notices that war is soon coming. The war also affects the people who love the soldiers, as we see in “Patterns” which is told from the perspective of a woman who is in love with a soldier. Each poem has stanzas that really help the reader to understand and feel the emotion that the speaker is trying to emphasize.
The emotion of the poem “The Man He Killed” changes . The poem is spoken by a soldier who is faced with the dilemma of shooting and killing a man that he might have been friends with had they met under different circumstances, “had he and I but met by some old ancient inn, we should have sat us down to wet right many a nipperkin” (p. 370).
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This poem takes place during World War I and is happening right in the middle of battle, which can be seen by how the speaker describes the soldiers, “all went lame; all blind; drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots of tired outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.” (p. 492), the further you read the speaker makes it clear how agonizing it is to watch a soldier die for his country “if you could hear, at every jolt, the blood from the froth-corrupted lungs” (p. 492). The speaker is so agonized by the death he sees that he even has dreams about the soldier, “I saw him drowning in all my dreams, before my helpless sight” (p. 497). This story has a constant tone of sadness and depression and is very ironic because even though these men are dying at war, death- no matter the reason- has no taste of sweetness. The tone of the next poem is completely

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