Wilfred Owen Poem Analysis

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The saying “Dulce et Decorum Est” means “It is sweet and right”. The final line of the poem is “Pro patria mori” which means “to die for one’s country”. Therefore the entire saying is, “it is sweet and right to die for to die for one’s country”. Wilfred Owen was an English poet who served in World War 1. During his time in the army, he was immersed in a lot of fighting. He was diagnosed with shellshock in 1917; shellshock is a term coined by soldiers. People affected by shellshock can show symptoms of fatigue, confusion, and nightmares. Shellshock was diagnosed when a soldier was unable to function. Owen was taken out of the war where he began writing poems. He wrote his poems to show both his anger at the cruelty and waste of war. (BBC) Owen used this poem to show the misconception that war is. While people outside of the war thought it was honorable, soldiers like Owen himself, know how cruel and it really is. Through the use of imagery, figurative language, and tone, Owen is able to portray the misconception and cruelty of war. One way that Owen is able to show the misconception of war is through tone. The frantic tone that Owen uses shows the true events in war. It also shows how dangerous war really is and it gives the reader an insider’s perspective. In the lines, “Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! -- An ecstasy of fumbling/Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time” (9-10). Owen is able to show the frantic actions of the soldiers when the gas shells were dropped behind
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