How Does Wilfred Owen Use Irony In Dulce Et Decorum Est

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During war, authors like Stephen Crane,Wilfred Owen, Tim O’Brien, and Kevin Powers use literature to protest war. There were also authors who experienced the war first hand.. These authors use irony, imagery, and diction to help their anti-war protest. In many anti-war writing pieces, authors use irony to advance their purpose. Wilfred Owen uses irony in his poem called “Dulce et Decorum Est.” Owen fought and died in World War One. In the poem, lines 27 and and 28 show Owen’s irony “Dulce et decorum est / Pro patria mori.” These lines translate to “It is sweet and right to die for your country.” This is irony because the whole essay has a critical tone of war and then at the end Owen writes, “Dulce et decorum est / Pro patria mori,” which …show more content…

Wilfred Owen utilizes imagery in his poem “Dulce et Decorum Est.” Owen uses visual and auditory imagery. Visual imagery is in line one of the poem: “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks.” Owen uses this to let the reader visualize how the how the soldiers looked while they were carrying their heavy packs through the fields and trenches of World War One. The first part of the quotation “bent double” lets the reader visualize that the soldiers backs were giving out form carrying the heavy packs. In the second part of the quotation, “Old beggars under sacks” Owen allows the reader to visualize how skinny the soldiers are from being food deprived. The “sacks” refers to the backpacks the soldiers were carrying. Owen also utilizes auditory imagery. Imagery is seen in line 22; “Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.” This imagery lets the reader think of the gurgling sound. But it also lets the reader visualize the blood coming forth from the soldiers lungs. This imagery helps advance Owen’s purpose. Not only does Wilfred Owen utilize imagery in his work “Dulce et Decorum Est”, but Kevin Powers also utilizes imagery in his work The Yellow Birds. Unlike Owen, Kevin Powers experiences the war first hand during the Iraq war. Powers uses olfactory and visual imagery to advance his anti-war protest. An example of olfactory imagery is “and …show more content…

In these writings authors use literary devices such as structure to advance their purpose. Stephen Crane’s “War Is Kind” implements structure to protest war. Stanzas one, three, and five are all structured the same. This helps with his purpose because he keeps repeating some of the same lines to give the poem emphasis. He emphasizes it to show that war is glorious and to make the reader cry. Lines two and four have the same structure but different structure from lines one, three, and five. Lines two and four give a break between one, three, and five. Crane emphasizes the horrors of war in these stanzas. Not only does Crane use structure in his work, but Tim O 'Brien also uses structure in his works. Tim O 'Brien writes The Things They Carry, which is based on his experience in the vietnam war. O 'Brien utilizes parallel structure in his works. An example is “Henry Dobbins, who was a big man, carried extra rations….head.” It begins with the soldier 's name. It then follows by a small description of the soldier and finally it ends on what they carried or what happened to then in the battle field. This quotation also shows that each soldiers carried different things. All these extra items they carried added weight to the overall pack. During war authors use structure in literature to protest

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