The Poem ' Dulce Et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen Essay

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The poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen revolves around soldiers which are at war and are being faced with different obstacles. The meaning of the poems title is the opposite of what the poem is conveying to us. The poems title means “It Is Sweet and Proper”, however as you read the poem it completely different. The things the soldiers are going through is making them seem older than what they actually are. They also seem to be dying from the different situations they are going through. The scenarios shown in the poem seems to contradict the proud image of soldiers that we have been shown about soldiers at war. The appearance, hardships and environment is brought into light through this poem.
The poem starts of by describing the appearance of the soldiers, showing how physically built they aren’t. The soldiers are “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knocked-kneed, coughing like hags” (Owen lines 1-2). This shows us a whole different perspective of how soldiers actually look like. We are normally shown on television people who are strong both physically and mentally. However, this gives us a different view of how the soldiers actually are at war. The war has changed their appearance; it has made them look older than what they actually are. We are mostly told that the people who get out of war have some mental disorders, however physical appearance is never mentioned. They describe the soldiers in this poem as crippled and also have bad postures due to the war.…

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