Analysis Of Dulce Et Decorum Est

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Meter and Alliteration: The first stanza of “Dulce Et Decorum Est” is significant in that it uses meter and alliteration to plunge the reader into the poem. For example, the stanza begins and remains in pentameter, yet the pentameter is not iambic. The pace of the stanza forces one to read more quickly in order to keep up with the poem. This tactic in combination with beginning the poem in first person causes one to feel as if her or she experiences the war firsthand. The narrator also utilizes alliteration in order to add a sense of urgency to the poem. For instance, Owen says that the soldiers are “knock-kneed”, conveying the immediacy and hectic chaos of being in battle. Imagery: Owen incorporates specific imagery into the poem in order to in order to introduce the reader to the chaotic world of war. He begins by saying that the soldiers are “bent double”; both of these words connote a kind of torn feeling for the soldiers. When one is bent over, he or she is neither lying down nor standing up. This implies that the soldiers have become so disillusioned that they find themselves in a state of purgatorial numbness. Similarly, the word “double” adds to the idea of being in two places or mindsets at once and builds on the idea of wanting to be in two places at the same time. Owen suggests that on one hand, the soldiers want to be there, fighting for their country, yet on the other hand, war is so traumatic that they would rather be anywhere but in battle. Moreover, Owen says that the soldiers are like "old beggars"; this is peculiar at first, since most of the soldiers were very young when they enlisted. However, Owen uses this simile in order to demonstrate the way that war ages soldiers both physically and emotionally. He also compares the soldiers to “hags”, a word that brings to mind disfigurement, and thus references the mutilation of bodies so
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