Analysis Of Wilfred Owen 's ' Dulce Et Decorum Est

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History itself has taught students that the First World War was the most devastating war the world has ever seen in a sense of ideals, morals, and social aspects thanks to many of the war poets during that time period. Wilfred Owen is known to be one of the most famous war poets during the twentieth century especially during the First World War when he wrote “Dulce et Decorum Est”. His poem details the horrors these soldiers faced in the trenches during World War 1 and conveys the hidden meaning that “it is sweet and honorable” to die for one’s country is untrue. Owen is able to deliver his message and express his ideas against this cruel war with the use of many literary techniques. With the opening stanza, Owen starts off with a simile in line one, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”. The poet is trying to stem away from the ideal that people believe soldiers are suppose be fresh, strong, and healthy because of how propaganda influenced them to think that way. Through the use of the first line, he shows the true, harsh reality by presenting the boys as filthy beggars and not the strong willed and handsome men they were thought to be. Another simile used to show the harsh reality of World War 1 is, “coughing like hags”, as it “indicates a state of severe fatigue and serious illness” (Benson 43) that the men suffered through in the trench warfare. Finally, Owen uses the simile, “Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud”, to help allude to the “vileness of a disease…
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