Dulce Et Decorum Est Theme Essay

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Written by famous war poet Wilfred Owen, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ is a poem he wrote while he was serving as a World War 1 soldier and was thought to have been written between the eighth of October 1917, and March, 1918. Owen often wrote poems during the war explaining his feelings of hatred and uselessness of the war and often sent them back to Australia for his mother. Owen uses a range of poetic techniques to convey his central themes of the futility of the war and the suffering that the soldiers had to endure. The techniques he uses in the war poem to covey the themes of futility and suffering are by writing the poem in the form of a ballad which recounts one of his foulest memories from the war, the vivid imagery which paints a picture of his recount and the hidden meaning behind the title itself.
The first technique that Owen uses in the poem to convey the themes that war is futile and the great suffering of the soldiers, was by writing the poem in the form of a ballad. A ballad is simply a poem
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By making the poem a ballad, it recounts one of the darkest moments that Owen faced during his time in the war. A gas attack that ends a soldier’s life marks what the war is really like behind closed doors. The uses of bold imagery really emphasises that the whole war is horrible and that the soldiers will forever suffer. The title ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ translates to ‘it is sweet and right’ which is a sarcastic mimic of those who support war. All three techniques mange to convey the themes of suffering and the hopelessness of war as the poet recalls his horrible tale and takes a stand at those who support the big old lie that ‘it is sweet and right to die for your
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