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King 1 Brandon King Steve Lewis Lit 110 11/20/17 # 2 p. 634 The language used in "Dulce et Decorum Est" is very visual throughout the story; however, some of the images in the poem are more vivid than the rest. The poem is about war, and the narrator's visual language describes soldiers trudging away from a battle when suddenly, they are caught off guard by an attack of gas-shells (lines 1-8). The men are marching “asleep. Many [have] lost their boots, / but [limp] on, blood-shod” (5-6). These words speak to the sense of vision and to touch. The reader can envision the soldiers walking barefoot until the bottoms of their feet bleed. The reader can also have a sense of what it feels like to march until the soldiers can no longer stand up straight, causing them to be "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knocked kneed," (1-3). As gas-shells drop around them, they rush to put on their gas masks (7- 10). The narrator witnesses one of his fellow soldiers does not get to his mask “in time” (10). The speaker can barely see, observing this tortured man “through the misty panes and thick green light, / as under a green sea” (13-14). These lines contribute to the visual sense. The thick plastic which allows for the men to see is green, and the gas is on the ground around the men. These two factors work together to form the thick, green ocean which “drowns” the afflicted man without his mask. The men load the body onto a wagon, where, “at every jolt, the blood / [comes]
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