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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 his comrades? World War I took place in 1914 to 1918, and it was a horrible experience for many of the soldiers who took part in it. Thousands of them were dead or disabled for the rest of their lives. During the War, the soldiers needed to stay in the trenches, and the hygiene conditions were very bad. In summer time, there were rats everywhere and horrible smells from the dead bodies. In wintertime, it was really cold inside and many of the soldiers died of the cold weather. Wilfred Owen, the poet of the poem “In Dulce Et Decorum Est”, was one of the soldiers who stayed in the hospital during the War. In 1918, he returned to the front line and was killed under a German machine gun attack. He was only twenty-five years old when he died. This was pretty ironic, since the day he died was only seven days before the War ended. Throughout the poem, we can see that Wilfred Owens’s attitude towards the War was quite negative and he was pretty against War. There are many uses of imagery, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme scheme and tone which show that. At the beginning of the poem, the soldiers who were supposed to be young and strong have been described as “old beggars” and “hags”. The way how the soldiers were being described is quite non-expected and the language used is very negative. It emphasises how the men have changed throughout the War. The narrator describes how he, and the soldiers with him, were returning exhausted to their rest after a period in the front line of War. We can see that from “towards our distant rest began to trudge” and “men
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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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