Analysis Of Wilfred Owen 's ' Anthem For Doomed Youth ' And Dulce Et Decorum Est

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I haven’t always loved poetry, but after reading poems that have such moving stories to tell it hasn’t been hard to grow a certain fondness for them. Poetry is the telling of stories from the creative and sometimes hauntingly realistic words of a poet. The world of poetry can be wonderful. It can also be saddening, exhilarating or wonderfully exciting and the most eloquent poems can leave anybody rewinding over the story of the poem for a time afterwards. Wilfred Owen was a poet who became well renowned after World War I where he unfortunately died in battle. Anthem for Doomed Youth (Anthem) and Dulce Et Decorum Est (Dulce) by Wilfred Owen both portray various themes including horrors of war, the futility of war and the pity and sadness of…show more content…
Another soldiers mental pain is experienced through the dreams he had of the “flound’ring” man who “plunges at (him), guttering, choking, drowning.” Owen’s use of present tense participles “ing” in that sentence to show that he is still living that experience, even though it could be some time since that happened. Anthem shows the horrors of war in the beginning of the first stanza. The simile “die as cattle” represents how the men during war died. Treated as less than human as they are slaughtered like cattle. Personification in “monstrous anger of the guns”. Monstrous can be associated with evil and monster, and definitely reveals the evil of war and the alliteration of the “r” sounds in “rifles’ rapid rattle” is almost an imitation of the sound of machine guns. These first three lines all reveal that war is a malevolent thing that doesn’t treat anybody kindly.
Particularly during Owen’s time at war, World War I, many people thought that it was noble and glorious honour to go to war, but Owen’s poetry completely disregards that notion and how futile war really is. The title of Dulce Et Decorum Est is Latin for “It is sweet and glorious” and is ironic, due to the fact that that is not what the poem is about, especially as the last two lines state that “The old Lie” is that it is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country, although this is written in Latin in the poem. The
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