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"Dulce Et Decorum Est" By Wilfred Owen.

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Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum est" clearly portrays the true identity of war. "Dulce et Decorum est" being a war time poem tries to show its readers the reality of the war, and to show the world that the war is very different from what people believe it to be. Going into more detail throughout the entire poem the author uses a large quantity of imagery that aids the readers in seeing the war from the author's point of view. In addition to this it can be stated that this poem includes a slight criticism of other authors, criticizing their naive understanding of the war. But before going into any detailed analysis of the poem it is important to underline the meaning of the title of the poem. The title of the poem, Dulce et Decorum, est would translate as the following: It is sweet and right. Before going any further, mentioning a slight detail from Wilfred Owen's life is very important. When looking at his biography it becomes apparent that he was a solider and had participated in the frontline actions. Having seen and experienced all this had, caused his war poetry to become very illustrative, and filled with a large amount of imagery. Dulce et Decorum est is evidently no exception.The author uses the first stanza to describe the setting and the occurrence that are taking place. From the first few lines the readers are exposed to a large amount of descriptive language. The young soldiers, which the author is describing in this stanza, are portrait as old ugly women or as beggars. These compassions are being made due to the state in which the soldiers are. They are walking back from the front lines, barely awake, not able to walk straight, and simply completely worn-out. "Many had lost their boots..." is just one of the quotes which show their state clearly this line shows that their uniforms are in very poor state. Doing into more detail it is clear that the first stanza follows is written with a certain rhythm (or written in iambic pentameter). But as soon as the poem reaches the 8th line the rhythm breaks of. This could be explained by the sudden change in the actions that are occurring in the poem. In more detail the gas (being a very abrupt occurrence) changes the current situation.The second stanza focuses on one man, which was unable to put on his gas-mask on time. Owen chooses very peculiar language to describe what is...

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