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An Analysis Of “Dulce Et Decorum Est” By Wilfred Owen

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Wilfred Owen is most famous for his anti-war poem in which he is able to portray gruesome images of the Great War. He also uses caesura in order to further emphasize his point of view through his poems. Through his use of enjamed lines he successfully foreshadows what is to come next in his poems. He is still considered by most critics “the best” of the English poets of the “great war” (Hoffpauir 41). Owen was recognized for his courage and rewarded with the Military cross (Encyclopedia Britannica). In Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” the writer uses imagery to portray his theme that if the gruesome truth behind war was acknowledged it wouldn’t be praised and honored.
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The green gas is threatening if it is breathed in so it is not refreshing. If war is portrayed as comforting seeing a fellow comrade die before his eyes was not.
In the last couple of stanzas the writer describes his every day struggle since the war ended. The writer describes in all his “dreams” (Owen 15) he sees his “helpless sight” (Owen 15) of not being able to help his fellow comrade. Dreams are essential for “mental balance” (“dreams”). This represents the author being unable to function normally due to him witnessing his comrade’s death without being able to help. At the point in the poem Owen is attempting to describe to the reader how the war is traumatizing and not seen as glorifying in his person perspective. In line 17 he begins addressing the reader personally. He speaks of the wagon in which “[they] flung him in” (Owen 18). He uses the emotionless term to describe the horrific truth behind the death of what should be considered a honorable soldier. The soldier did not have a glorious ceremony instead he is “flung” (Owen 18) away just like garbage. His use of the color “white” (Owen 19) to describe the soldiers eyes is a symbolizing the “absence of colour” (“white”) similar to the absence of life in his dying body. He again uses irony when he says the “devil sick of sin” (Owen 20). He uses this phrase so the readers get an immense negative feeling about war. The irony in this phrase is so the readers get a clear picture of the unpleasant war.
In the fifth stanza he describes the horrific suffering of the dead soldier and his haunting memories of having witnessed his death. “Obscene as cancer” (Owen 23) meant to display the war as morally wrong. “Vile, incurable sores” (Owen 24) he describes...

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