1)<Tab/>Provide A Detailed Analysis Of Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est , Showing How The Poet Employs Poetic Devices To Convey Tone And Attitude Towards War.

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The poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is about the suffering soldiers endure in the war, from fatigue to dying horribly after being gassed. It also places an emphasis on the fact that war is glorified to draw youths into the war hoping for glory. The speaker has an angry tone towards the false belief that war is a way of getting glory and showing heroism. His attitude is very anti war as he very strongly criticizes the way war is portrayed in his society.Wilfred Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est employs visual imagery in the first line of the first stanza which shows soldiers bent double, the soldiers are bending probably due to extreme fatigue as war tires a person rapidly. Like old beggars under sacks, old again suggest tired soldiers or that war makes a person age due to stress, beggars mean the soldiers are poor like beggars, while beggars have no money, the soldiers have no rest, no hope and perhaps no life as all they do in was is to kill the enemy nothing else, they have no time for anything else thus they have no life. More visual and some audio imagery, knock-kneed could mean the soldiers are so scared or so cold that they cannot stop shaking, coughing like hags could mean the soldiers had no water so their throats are so dry they cannot stop coughing, the coughing brings to mind sickness. It seems that war has infected the soldiers making them ill. The soldiers curse as they move through sludge; the sludge is probably the mud at the bottom of a flooded trench, it describes the unhygienic circumstances the soldiers are forced to fight and live in. In the third line flares behind them light up the some places and result in sharp shadows and it creates a surreal and unreal environment, this probably mirrors the feelings the soldiers have, at a time they were just ordinary people but now they are killing people. The fourth line shows the soldiers moving to their rest, the word distant means that it will be a long while before their next rest, this reinforces all the imagery earlier which speaks about the fatigue the soldiers experience. The fifth line again shows the tiredness of the soldier, they are so tired that they are numb and senseless while they march, they don't talk or react they just march, most of them have lost their boots, this strongly shows the hardship the soldiers have to go through, they have no boots and they keep marching through the sludge at the bottom of the flooded trench. The sixth line show soldiers marching on bare feet, the feet have been injured and they bleed. They march on bloodied feet. All of them were lame and blind, there are so tired they are not aware of their surroundings, just marching on asleep. The soldiers are drunk with fatigue, when people get drunk on alcohol they consume too much alcohol, thus this soldiers have too much fatigue, endless fighting has tired them out. The fatigue also made them unable to hear the gas shells dropping behind them. The first stanza is full of imagery describing the war, and of...

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