The Man He Killed And Dulce Et Decorum Est Essay

950 Words Nov 13th, 2016 4 Pages
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). In this poem the emotion of the speaker seems rather remorseful in the beginning, “ranged as infantry, and staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me, and killed him in his place” (p. 370). Then the tone changes and becomes justified “I shot him dead because- because he was my foe” (p. 370). There are several tones in this poem and they change from sad to remorseful and finally become justified and that 's how the emotion of the narration becomes clear. This is similar to the emotion and tone of the next poem.
The poem “Dulce et Decorum Est.” is very ironic…

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