War In Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est

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Throughout history there has been tragedies. One of the greatest of all time is world war one or the great war. A war that pitted global super powers into one of history’s bloodiest and most gruesome wars. Nations fought with 19th century tactics with 20th century fire power creating devastating, gory, tragic war scenes. These sights not seen by the world until those very moments could only be described by the people living through them. Today, with hindsight, people view the war as an unnecessary flex of military might but that was not always the case. The war was actually very popular at the beginning and was considered almost a game. The world soon found out the deadly nature of humanity and the negative stigma that arrives from World …show more content…
New war machines devised to kill men in the most gruesome ways. Men ignorantly joined believing war was a light hearted affair with good intentions but in fact they were barbaric. War was no longer rows of men firing muskets that took a long time to load. War was in fact now a machines, a world of twisted metal gears grinding, mortars that splintered men and made them into earth, and toxic gas that fell to the bottom of melting lungs, machine guns that ripped apart ignorance. In “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen the readers see the truth behind the war. It is no longer glorification but pure fear, anxiety and atrocity. Wilfred Owen was a soldier in world war 1 and brings his own situations to the table when he depicts the scene of a comrade dying. In the scene “And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,/ His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;/ If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood/ Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs” (Dulce et Decorum Est). The scene is no longer about a man boasting pride and a new uniform anymore. This is a much darker story of a men suffocating on his own blood. War was no longer a gentlemen’s “game” like it was in the centuries before it. Men died in gruesome ways and brought forth new problems like PTSD, known as shell shock in world war I. The men learned fast that war was not a lovely affair as they went over the top bayonets charging locking …show more content…
Poetry beautifully represented this ignorance and the evolution of hatred towards this war. At the beginning poetry was lighthearted and told the stories of glory and patriotism like the kind in Jessie Pope’s “The Call”. As the men went to war they discovered the truth behind the patriotic facade. It was a brutal war described in Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum est”. People hated the war because what was expected and what the consequence was. We expected flags and glory, we expected Jessie pope’s poem but resulted in the gory Wilfred Owen’s poem. People were blinded and as more and more wrote about the war, the more it was exposed. “The critical view that only combatants could write truly about the experience of war has long been laid to rest. But the fact remains that it was difficult for contemporary female poets such as Mew to find a poetic place in representing a conflict that only men experienced first hand”(Palmer&Minogue). In Palmer nad Minogue’s critical essay they bring up a very strong point to why the view of the war changed. As the men came back they could write about the horrors of war. People back home, mainly women did not know how the battle front looked.

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