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"Dulce Et Decorum Est" By Wilfred Owen Poetry Commentary

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The Poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est" is an incredible poem written by Wilfred owen, projecting the terrible and utterly devastating way war affects people. It displays a Group of soldiers Marching through the night trying to get a camp where the weary and wounded can get some days rest, until they suddenly get attacked with gas grenades, were all but one manage to put on there gasmasks before dying a horrible death. The speakers use of incredible imagery and tone which is full of despair, lack of hope and sadness, reveals his message, it is not sweet and right to die for ones country.The Poem begins with the speaker, being a tired soldier on the front during World War I. In the first stanza the soldiers and their conditions are described, and through his language shows that the soldiers criticize their own condition. The speaker then moves on to explain that even due to their weak human state "bent double, like old beggars" the soldiers march on, the soldiers seem to be fleeing due to there backs being turned on the "haunting flares" which seem to be rocket flares commonly used during the First World war to be able to see the enemy during the night, and continuously trudging on. All of them are exhausted, some marching asleep many even with out there boots anymore. All these images showing in what desperate conditions soldiers have to go through, practically, lifeless marching towards their "distant rest" where some of them may get a few days rest. Through the entire first stanza negative words becomes used repeatedly creating a very dark and sad environment for the reader. The Author also uses a good sense of metaphors such as when, the Soldiers become "Drunk with fatigue" strongly emphasizing the exhaustion, as well as that the soldiers even become deaf to loud sounds of gunshots.The soldiers continue there venture until they get hit by poisoned gas grenades of the enemy in the second stanza, the sudden new image leads to a abrupt situation change and causes the weary soldiers to hastily put on their "clumsy helmets" to be used as gas masks; seemingly all but one of the soldiers manages to fit their helmet on in time. The speaker the deliberately focuses and tells us the about the condition the soldier is in, and illustrates how, even in the future he will be able not forget the images that this act left him with. The poisons seems to fill the area of the soldiers into a misty green, darkening the panes of the helmets making the air seem like a "green sea", and then the speaker explaining how he sees the Man without the mask drowning in the deadly green mist, his last strains of life coming out as vivid sounds such as guttering and chocking.The speaker in the last stanza confronts the reader with the pain of the poisoned soldier, as he is flung into the back of a wagon; his life slowly leaves his body, beginning with the shocking image of his...

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