Dulcet et Decorum Est, is probably the most famous anti-war poem by
"Dulcet et Decorum Est," is probably the most famous anti-war poem by
Wilfred Owen. It has a harsh meaning and persuasive argument. The
anti-war theme and serious tone are effective at portraying war as
horrid and devastating. I felt overpowered by blood, guts and death.
Although my reaction hasn't changed much through numerous readings, my
emotional feelings become more intense with each reading. This poem
makes me feel as if I am right there watching the soldier who cannot
fasten his mask fast enough and suffers the full effects of deadly
gas. 'but someone still is yelling out and stumbling'. This poem also
makes me look beyond the death and question the pain inflicted on the
mothers who kissed their sons goodbye as they went to defend their
country. I imagine the mother receiving word her son has died and
being told how noble and patriotic his death was. In his last moments,
the soldier and his family become victims of "The old lie". I can
clearly understand what the author is saying. Words like "guttering",
"choking", and "drowning" jumped out at me and made my body shake.
Other words like "writhing" and "froth-corrupted" made me understand
just how tragic war is.
Not only do these words show how this man is suffering, but also they
show precisely the level of pain and torment this man must have
endured. The fact that the gassed man was "flung" into the wagon
convinced me that it is not "sweet" nor "fitting to die for one's
country" .The author was extremely effective in convincing me of how
tragic and pointless war was. The author's use of comparisons also
influenced my reaction to this poem. In the first line the author
describes the troops as being "Bent double, like beggars under sacks'.
This shows the condition of the men and reinforces the hopelessness