Wilfred Owen - Ali 1 Nasir Ali Mr Spreckels English 1302-901 17 June 2008 A Reading of Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owens(1893-1918

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Ali 1 Nasir Ali LWP 709 Mr. Spreckels English 1302-901 17 June, 2008 A Reading of Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” Wilfred Owens (1893-1918) is widely known as one of the leading poets of War World One. His work is known for the horror and death which surrounded him. It consists of rhymes, consonance, and raw themes of war. In one of his famous poems, "Dulce et Decorum Est" (1920), Owen is a solider (speaker) who illustrates the brutality of war, describing the fatal situations the soldiers face, and how much of the saying "Dulce et decorum Est Pro patria mori" (It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country ll.27-28) is a lie. In the first of four stanzas, Owen portrays to readers that he is the solider and speaker. Owen starts the first line by describing weathered soldiers, who ''Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, [and] Knock-kneed, coughing like hags'' (ll. 1-2). The reader becomes aware of the miserable state that troops are compared to like old beggars, and hags (ugly old women). After long nights of battles, it has made them physically feeble, causing emotional and physical suffering on their young bodies. As troops trudge through “sludge” (l. 2) on little sleep, they were to stay awake trying to dodge enemy fire from behind. The “haunting flares” of the rockets
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2008 for the course ENGL 1304 taught by Professor Cook during the Spring '08 term at University of Houston.

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Wilfred Owen - Ali 1 Nasir Ali Mr Spreckels English 1302-901 17 June 2008 A Reading of Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owens(1893-1918

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