Analytical Essay on Wilfred Owen's War Poetry- "Dulce Et Decorum Est"- by Za

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Analytical Essay on “Dulce et Decorum Est”
By ZA 2010 and 15 years of Age
British war poet, Wilfred Owen, incorporates many techniques of poetry writing in his works. As a soldier, Owen often wrote poems which described the misery and hardships on the fronts of World War One. To illustrate the image and scenes of the conflict, Owen uses an array of techniques which can be noticed in his poem “Dulce et Decorum Est”
In the poem, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, Owen recollects the event of a gas attack on returning soldiers. Owen writes the poem in his own voice and from his own experiences of war. He addresses the misery, plight and hardships of war to his primary audiences in Britain. Owens main objective of writing “Dulce et Decorum Est” was to
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The slow rhythm relates with the slow and tired group of retreating soldiers. Words such as “haunting flares” and “trudge”/ “sludge” slow the poem and add heaviness. Rhythm increases at the beginning of the gas attack (second stanza), as the soldiers scatter into panic. The tone then slows again as Owen depicts the death of the soldier and delves into a reflective mood, as the wagon slowly departs with the dead soldier. Owens uses words ending in “ing” to create a sense of heaviness and slowness in the pace of the poem.
To illustrate the scene of the gas attack, Owen uses many poetic techniques.
Owen uses horrid and unpleasant forms of imagery to make the reader realise the reality of war. Instantly from the opening lines, Owen makes an impact on the reader’s impressions about war. “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock Kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge”. Such phrases convey hardship, pitiful conditions and anguish of war. They are supported by detailed visual descriptions such as, “limped on, blood shod”, “floundering like a man on fire or lime”, “guttering, choking, drowning”, “white yes writhing” and “come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs”. These images are striking and appealing to the reader. They illustrate an intolerable and unpleasant scene, additionally exposing the lies of propaganda poster images.
Techniques such as similes also add to develop an ugly image. Such as, “Bent double like old beggars” “coughing like
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