Dulce Rough - Nasir Ali Mr. Spreckels English 1302-901 17...

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Nasir Ali Mr. Spreckels English 1302-901 17 June, 2008 Rough Draft 1 In every war, thousands of men make the painful decisions of leaving their families to fight for their country, in which many sacrifice their lives. In Owen’s famous poem of the First World War, the title “Dulce et Decorum Est” is a widely understood Latin phrase during the beginning of World War I. It translates in English to “sweet and fitting it is”. These words were well known and often quoted by supporters of the war near its inception and, as such, were of particular importance to soldiers of the era. In his poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est,” Owen effectively utilizes a morose tone, imagery, and figurative language to help depict the fear of going to war. The 28-line poem, which is written in a loose iambic pentameter, is narrated by Owen  himself. In the first line of the poem, “Bent double, like old beggars under sack” (l. 1), he illustrates himself as a tired soldier walking on the front line during World War I. Using an simile to compare him and the others, “like old beggars” which have made them physically feeble. He also emphasizes use of alliteration in the second line “Knock-kneed,” showing fear and physical suffering onThis is a very effective simile because it shows us that these young men have aged long before their time, and that their health has really deteriorated since fighting in the war
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the poet uses the word ‘trudge’, which shows they are having difficulty walking because they are so exhausted and partly because of the terrain. he describes the men and the condition they are in and through his language shows that the soldiers deplore the conditions. Owen then moves on to tell us how even in their weak human state the soldiers march on,
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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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