Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est

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Dulce et Decorum est" is a blunt declaration against war. The poet describes war from the soldier's perspective: "we cursed through sludge". He was enlisted and went to war, where was killed. In these 28 verses rhymed in iambic pentameter, the author vividly creates the dramatic atmosphere of the war, only to question the reader in the final lines.


Yet, they kept going, no matter what. Throughout the entire poem, Owen uses the five senses to transmit vividly what it was like to be at war. "haunting flares", "all went lame, all blind", "deaf even to the hoots", etc. He also uses alliteration to reinforce the sounds of this atmosphere. For example, note the repeated sound of t in: "and towards our distant rest began to trudge". This gives a sense of the unstopping marching of the soldiers. Or in "As under a green sea, I saw", where he creates the hiss of poisonous gas.
In the second stanza, a particular character is presented. "But someone still was yelling out and stumbling". Describing a particular person in this awful scene, allows the reader to relate more to the soldier's reality. The utterly violent way in which the gas is killing the soldier shows the vulnerability of humans versus warfare. "and flound'ring like a man in fire or limeas under a green sea, I saw him drowning". By using this strong image, the gas choking the man is presented as a man drowning in the sea, conveying a very dramatic and powerful image.
Then, there is a short stanza of two verses, which stands out from the rest of the poem. ...
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