Dulce Et Decorum Est Essay

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Dulce Et Decorum Est

Owen's attitude to war is justified by the title and the language used in the poem. He is anti-war. He uses the Latin title ironically to show his aim, that the translation of:

"Dulce Et Decorum Est"

Is a false saying. It is not good and proper or sweet and fitting to die for their country, it is a lie as he points out in the final 3 lines: "To children ardent for some desperate glory, the old Lie: Dulce Et
Decorum Est Pro Patria mori"

He tries to teach those that in turn teach their young to fight, that dying for their country, their Queen isn't right, he shows how the eager children:

"Desperate for some ardent glory"

Are actually excited and fuelled by the dreams put into their minds,
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Owen puts this message out and he is unbiased. He tells it from his view and not someone else's. eHeHe is believable and those that read his work know that. I know that I haven't experienced war but in my view Owen is as straightforward as anyone could be when telling a story of war and its savagery and potential for total destruction.

The first 2 lines of Owen's poem help to establish the mood. It's very sombre, sad and dreary and this is supported by the words:

"Bent double"




The dreary and sombre mood is set by sludge. Sludge being the muddy ground on which they have to

Tread. Sludge is a strong word because it can have a dark evil quality to it as if it could swallow them up. "Knock kneed" is a phrase of pain. They can't walk without banging their knees together, which shows how they are having trouble getting through the sludge. "Bent
Double" and "Cursed" means they have been overworked and cursed to this land of unspeakable conditions and terror, they are haunted by the ever-closing threat of attack, "gas shells". The tone in the first
2 lines is slow, gloomy and very sad it is also shown by the words used for the mood and is mainly conveyed by the words "cursed through sludge" and "old beggars". The "slow" would be shown by how they are wounded, tired

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