Wilfred Owen's War Poems Essay

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Wilfred Owen's War Poems

The poems Dulce et decorum est, The Send-off and Anthem for Doomed Youth were all written by Wilfred Owen in response to his experience in WWI. Examine the views and attitudes the poet conveys in at least two of the poems.

The two poems Dulce et decorum est and Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen are both set during the First World War and Owen uses them to express his feelings and attitudes towards war. In Dulce et decorum est he describes a gas attack, using vivid imagery to describe how it sill haunts his dreams whereas in Anthem for Doomed Youth Owen is criticising the way that soldiers were buried on the battlefield.

The title 'Dulce et decorum est' is a
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In the second stanza the use of exclamation marks in the line "Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!" helps the poem to pick up pace and draws the reader into the excitement and urgency of the gas attack. The urgency of the situation is shown in the next sentence with the line "an ecstasy of fumbling", the word ecstasy seems inappropriate in a poem of this subject; however Owen is using this to show the frantic movement of the soldiers as they put on their gas helmets along with the word "fumbling" to show how tired they are.

In the next line the phrase "fitting the clumsy helmets just in time," is used to reinforce the imagery of it being crucial for the soldiers to get their helmets on, adding to the urgency of the scene showing that the situation is life-threatening and dangerous.

To describe the gas attack Owen uses imagery and language to appeal to the readers senses, showing them the reality of war,

"As under a green sea. I saw him drowning."

The "green sea" is used to show that the gas is so thick that it makes the man look as if he was drowning in thick,

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