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Dulce Et Decorum Est Analysis

Author: poem of Wilfred Owen Type: poem Views: 130

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Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs

And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots

Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!--An ecstasy of fumbling

Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;

But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,

And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime...

Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,

As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace

Behind the wagon that we flung him in,

And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,

His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie:  Dulce et decorum est

Pro patria mori.


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| Posted on 2011-11-03 | by a guest

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When reading “Dulce Es Decorum Est” we spot the title itself first. The title here meaning: it is sweet, right or honourable to die for your country. Here we see Owen making a statement, we as readers then learn if he continued meaning this when finishing the poem.“Dulce Es Decorum Est” is based mainly on a gas attack, which we see in the second stanza. Owens’s purpose is to really emphasise how disgusting and bad the scene was at the time.
Wilfred Owen represents the soldiers, being; “Bent double, like old beggars” comparing them to old people, when soldiers are supposed to be fit and strong, young men. This then is showing negative language towards the soldiers, meaning Wilfred Owen is sharing the truth with the readers. “Beggars” itself, sense weakness and helplessness, here Wilfred is showing that soldiers aren’t what they seemed. But then was war as it seemed? “Beggars” are mirrored with soldiers, the fact Wilfred Owen implicates: “old beggars under sacks” connotes filth. It’s again stating an opposition towards soldiers. Sacks are worthless, uncomfortable, and “smelly” which then link to dirty and torn uniforms. This opinion is perhaps different to what people thought: smart young men marching off to war. Wilfred Owen is telling some home truths, instead of “sugar coating” letting people hear what they want to hear.
“Coughing like hags” this showing health wasn’t great, in the war. ”Hags” also gives the idea of witches, making the readers think soldiers are bad? Maybe this is what Wilfred Owen wanted us to think? He wanted us to be shocked, as he was with the war.
Through the first stanza, the soldiers carry on, being described differently to how they are seemed. They are exhausted, tired and worn out. Turning their backs on war and giving up. Wilfred Owen is showing here, that the soldiers are useless, and not up for a fight.
The Soldiers are described to trudge through war, instead of being ready and on their feet.
“All went lame; all blind” Here Wilfred, is describing the fact that soldiers couldn’t move, they weren’t able to process properly. The semi colon helps the readers to imagine this, as it’s a natural pause; otherwise known as caesura.
He carries on saying: “Drunk with fatigue” meaning the soldiers were un-coordinated and stumbling. This then, making the reader think they aren’t ready to fight. They were tired, and outstripped, meaning beaten.

| Posted on 2010-10-09 | by a guest

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Wilfred Owen's views on the matter were highly pro-war before he was posted in france, where his opinions changed considerably (: by rachh, 14.

| Posted on 2010-05-27 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2010-05-08 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2010-05-08 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2010-05-08 | by a guest

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Are there any powerful words in the poem? And how are they powerful

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest

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Hi im doing an essay on this and i havent no clue what it means.
help pleas?

| Posted on 2009-12-29 | by a guest

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the first analysis on this were it says he clearly states "dulce et decorum est" as the old lie it is not "dulce et decorum est". Its "pro patria mori" that is the quote intended as the old lie! (:

| Posted on 2009-12-07 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2009-09-28 | by a guest

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dulce et decorum est is a poem to show the poets anger and bitterness towards those who think that war is heroic! by katie...

| Posted on 2009-09-06 | by a guest

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it is an attack on a blib patriotic writer Jessie Pope!! you welcome....

| Posted on 2009-09-05 | by a guest

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Dulce et Decorum est is what could be considered an anti-war poem, telling of the conditions of his fellow soldiers emphasising the ugliness of war.

| Posted on 2009-07-02 | by a guest

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The structure of the poem through the 3 stanzas starts off as describing the war condionts, then leads to a more worse situation as a fellow soldier of Owen is affected by mustard gas and finally to the end where it describes the soldier's horrible death and associates his death with his opinion that the composer think the Horace oath (Dulce Et Decorum Est) is an "old lie".

| Posted on 2009-03-23 | by a guest

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Owen subjects his bitter attitude towards war in the last line of the poem as he clearly highlights 'dulce et decorum est' as the 'old lie'.

| Posted on 2009-02-28 | by a guest

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