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Amy Sexton 3/11/09 Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est In Wilfred Owen’s poem, Dulce et Decorum Est , the scene of a battlefield is shown. In the final two lines of the poem, a phrase in Latin is introduced. “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.” (Which means “it is sweet and right to die for your country”.) In other words, it is a wonderful and great honor to fight and die for your country. Owen depicts a tragic scene of men fighting poison gasses and watching others die because of that same gas. He describes a man who is literally drowning and dying in the gas. He relates the man to a cow regurgitating grass, “bitter as the cud”, in describing the choking and gargling noises the man is making from the gas. Owen makes a quite a few references to water in this poem. He uses the word ‘drowning’ three times. He mentions the “green sea” in line 14 and the actual word ‘drowning’ in lines 14 and 16. Interestingly enough, Owen also mentions that the bomb shells going off behind the
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Unformatted text preview: soldiers fall on deaf ears. He may be relating this deafness to being underwater, not being able to hear anything but muffled sound. His relations to the sea later convince the reader that this is true. Owen tells at the end of the poem that these stories should not be told to children seeking glory, but that all glory is found within fighting for one’s country. With his gory and graphic depiction of the man dying from the gas, one sees anything but glory within this poem. Owen also seems to take his time describing the man, which also makes the reader believe that he is relating the scene slowly as to give more emphasis on the idea of being underwater. Everything seems to slow down, as a reenactment. The silence in the midst of war and death, the slow depiction of the man dying, and the idea of drowning and the mentioning of sea gives the reader the idea that Owen is relating this battle to water and being stuck underwater....
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