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How does Wilfred Owen in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” use language to convey his attitude towards the War and its effect on this comrades World War I took place between 1914 and 1918. It was a dreadful experience for many of the soldiers who took part in it, and thousands of them were killed or became disabled for the rest of their lives. During the war, the soldiers needed to stay in the trenches, and the hygiene conditions were awful. In summer time, there would be rats everywhere and disgusting smell from the dead bodies. In wintertime, it would be really chilly inside and many of the soldiers died due to the cold weather. Wilfred Owen, the poet of “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, was one of the English soldiers who took part in the war, and he had been staying in hospital for part of the war. In 1918, he decided to return to the front line and was then killed under a German machine gun attack. He was only twenty-five years old when he died. His death was ironic, since the day he died was only seven days before the end of the war. By looking at the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, we can see the attitude of Wilfred Owen towards the war, and it seems to be very negative. He was strongly against war. The first part to show the readers the idea of his attitude towards war is the title of this poem – “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, which means “It is a sweet and fitting thing”. This is very ironic, since war is obviously neither sweet nor fitting. Also, it is written in Latin, which can be known as a forgotten language. This could be describing the soldiers who were in the war. In the first stanza of the poem, we can find many uses of literary techniques, such as imagery, alliteration, similes, onomatopoeia and rhyme scheme. These literary techniques can reflect the attitude of Wilfred Owen towards the war. As we all know, soldiers are usually being described as brave and endurance, but how the soldiers are being described in the poem is totally the opposite. At the beginning of the first stanza, the soldiers were compared to “old beggars” and “hags”. The descriptions Wilfred Owen has used are quite unexpected
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course ENGLISH 112 taught by Professor Loughlin during the Spring '08 term at The University of British Columbia.

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