Literary Analysis of Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est”
The world is a changing place with many different countries and people in those countries who try to change the world from our past, future and present. When looking at poems from the past we are able to see the world through the author’s eyes of the time and possible a view into the future. History tells us to learn from the past to improve the future of our world. A way to learn about the past is by reading poems from a time most of us have no understanding or the imagination to know what it was actually like to survive during time of war. The world is not the same and the fights and battles are not the same as they were in the past. However, we all have the privilege to fight for what we believe in and this is because of the past battles the generations before us gave us who ensured our freedom we know today. Throughout history human kind has battled with each other for greed, land, respect and freedom and to no avail continues today. Today’s war is different from the past considering technology advances with weaponry and chemical agents are not used on people as they once were during times of war. The now banned chemical agents used in past wars caused horrific suffering to the final breath of the dying soldier.
Evaluating the poem by Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est,” it illustrates a soldier’s view into the world of war. The poem begins by describing how soldiers are “bent double, like old beggars, under sacks.” The people are “coughing like hags” and walking through mud. “Haunting flares we turned our backs”, the men continued marching tired with lost boots. The soldiers are “drunk with fatigue.” The soldiers yell, “Gas! Gas!” The soldiers put on masks. However, “someone still was yelling” with no mask. “I saw him drowning” he had no mask. The soldier viewed a “helpless sight” where the soldier reached out to him as he was “choking, drowning.” The soldier imagines “Smothering dreams” to where he is unable to breath and follow “the wagon that we flung him in” and then to witness and “watch the white eyes writhing” from his dying body. The “devil’s sick of sin” killing and death is all around. We will “hear, at every jolt, the blood” exiting as the soldier suffers to breathe and “gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs” that is as “obscene as cancer.” “My friend” states that it is an honor to and to have “desperate glory” to serve for one’s country. “The old lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria more” is a phrase used to keep signing up soldiers for war.
Upon examining the poems concept and meaning the reader has come to relive the effects of what war does to a person. The first stanza of the poem by Owen “Dulce et Decorum Est we witness a group of people “bent double, like old beggars under sacks”, which means they have sacks on their shoulders as beggars did of that time period. The solders are coughing as they are walking through “sludge”...