Dulce Et Decorum Est Diction

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During World War One dying for your country was often viewed as a beautiful sacrifice. Wilfred Owen wrote a poem he titled “Dulce et Decorum Est” that translated means “Sweet and Beautiful”. However, the poem proves not to be about things sweet and beautiful. Owen wrote about the obscene pains of war. Owen uses shocking diction to convey the horror of war. He uses diction such as “trudge”,”writing”,”guttering”,”choking”, and “drowning” to express the horrific struggle of fighting death when the soldiers are choking on mustard gas. He uses these words to express that there is nothing beautiful about dying for your country. Owen uses horrific imagery to express the excessive agony the soldiers went through. The mustard gas causes “froth-corrupted
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