Wilfred Owen present in the poem

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What view of war does Wilfred Owen present in the poem, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est.’ How does he convey these views of war? In this essay I shall be analyzing the poem, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen. Through my analysis I will find how the poet conveys his view of and ideas about war to the reader. The poem is interesting because the poet uses many literary techniques to get his ideas across. This first idea that the reader gets from the poem is the poem’s title. ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ means “it is a sweet and fitting thing”. This is ironic because War is neither sweet nor fitting. The second idea is in the very first stanza of the poem, the idea is the suggestion of a false heroic image portrayed by the soldiers. “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through the sludge,” (Stanza 1, Lines1 and 2) This is interesting because people think of the soldiers and others that fought in the war as heroes and heroes are seen as people that stand up tall with their backs straight even when fighting. However, in this quotation, the soldiers are described as beggars and hags with knocking knees, their backs bent, coughing and cursing whilst trudging through sludge. This is the opposite of the heroic image that people thought soldiers were. This is interesting because the poet could be suggesting that war tricks people. This links to how the poet conveys this view of war because he uses alliteration, “knock-kneed” to suggest that soldiers fighting at the frontline aren’t fighting like how people at home think they are which suggests that war tricks people safe at home into thinking that it is not as deadly as it seems because they are not the soldiers at the frontline fighting.
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