Critical Evaluation Of The Poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est" By Wilfred Owen. "Choose A Poem Which Genuinely Shocked You, Explain How The Authors Techniques Aroused This Emotion In You"

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In today's society there are many different styles and strengths of writing. Poems which are short and to the point can be the hardest hitting and the best at delivering a message. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen is one such poem which genuinely shocked me. Unusually, the author of this poem was actually a soldier in the war.
The main point Owen tries to convey in this poem is the sheer horror of war, which is quite shocking.
In the first stanza Owen describes the men and the condition they are in and through his language shows that the soldiers deplore the conditions. Owen then moves on to tell us how even in their weak human state the soldiers march on, until the enemy fire gas shells at them. This sudden situation causes the soldiers to hurriedly put their gas masks on, but one soldier did not put it on in time. Owen tells us the condition the soldier is in, and how, even in the time to come he could not forget the images that it left him with. In the last stanza he tells the readers that if we had seen what he had seen then we would never encourage the next generation to fight in a war.
Owen uses imagery to convey the conditions and feelings experienced during this war. Firstly I will be looking at metaphor. The first metaphor which I will examine is: "Haunting Flares". My first opinion on this was that the flares which the enemy are firing to light up the battle field are said to be representing the souls of the soldiers' fallen comrades. This could also be said to represent the power the enemy has on their own mortality as the bright flares would light up the battle-field exposing everything to their view, this indicates that the enemy always seem to have power upon the soldiers, almost godly. The second metaphor which I will explore is:
"An ecstasy of fumbling". This metaphor is significant as it describes the quick manner in which the soldiers will have been trying to put their masks on. The soldiers would have been trying to...

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