Dulce Et Decorum Est and Anthem for Doomed Youth

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Identify what you think the author’s purpose is, and what techniques were used to achieve this. In the two poems, Dulce et Decorum est., and Anthem for Doomed Youth, both written by Wilfred Owen, the author’s main purpose was to expose the true horrors of World War II and to challenge the romanticized view of war that poets such as Rupert Brooke held. To achieve this, Owen used familiar imagery techniques of similes and personification, and sound devices such as onomatopoeia and alliteration. In Dulce et Decorum est., Owen used the techniques of similes, ”Bent double like baggers under sacks,” he wrote, likening young, normally healthy men to old beggars tying to keep warm under sacks. This comparison of these young men, usually so…show more content…
This links in to support the overall purpose f showing readers the true horror of war, and challenging the views of people who believed that the war was a great and exciting thing. In Anthem for Doomed Youth, Owen uses onomatopoeia to show the scary reality of weapons used on the battlefield. “The stuttering rifle’s rapid rattle,” “the shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells.” These words allow us to visualize what was going on at war, not only the images but also the sounds. They are scary to visualize when we remember what the soldiers went through at war, fear gripping them every hour of the day. Owen achieves his purpose of showing readers at home how lonely and sad their deaths were, expressing grief for young men. This also links in to show and challenge the propagandists the true reality of war. In the two poems, Dulce et Decorum est. and Anthem for Doomed Youth, the poet Wilfred Owen’s main purpose was to expose the truth about war, and to challenge the views of propagandist at home who believed war was a good thing. In order to do this, he used familiar imagery- similes, personification and sound devices- onomatopoeia, alliteration, to show how degraded soldiers became on the battlefield, and to express grief at how lonely their senseless deaths were. These two purposes of the two poems respectively, linked into his main purpose of showing us that war was not a good, heroic thing, rather something
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