Dulce Et Decorum Est Diction Analysis

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In Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” he uses imagery, similes and diction to set the stage for his poem. It starts with dark imagery of the soldiers hunched up in a trench like “old beggars,” waiting for their time to go out onto the battlefield. Next the author uses diction to fully describe the situation: “But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame;all blind.” This describes in great detail with carefully selected vocabulary the harrowing situation these men were going through as they were marching and fighting for their lives in the horror of war. Similes are used in conjunction with diction to describe the soldier 's condition. “Knock-kneed and coughing like hags we cursed through sludge.” The soldiers are compared to coughing old
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