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Unformatted text preview: The tone of Dulce at Decorum Est is ironic. The dramatic irony of the poem is achieved by the speakers description of the horrific and dehumanizing conditions of the battlefield with the-then popular exhortation by all so-called patriotic people to fight gloriously and die for ones country. The overall mood of the poem is horrific and dehumanizing and the last 8 lines of the poem are clearly sardonic at the very least. The message of the poem is a bitter and scathing attack on all those back home who exhort young and innocent youth to enlist and die for ones country. The poem portrays negative effects of soldiers at war. The speaker communicates death and horrific experience of wars harsh and stark reality without any mercy for the readers sensibilities. Owen uses descriptions in a way to convey fear, pain and ugliness in the poem. The words coughing like hags, cursed through sludge, floundering like a man in fire or lime which incurs the simile, where lime in this context means quicklime, a corrosive substance, guttering, choking, drowning, white eyes writhing vile incurable sores, etc gives the evidence of...
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