There weren’t any body bags to hide the bodies or the faces of the casualties. The Soldiers were forced to look at their dead friends, brothers and fathers as they marched on, constantly being reminded of the sacrifices of innocent lives claimed by the war as they viewed the disgusted faces hanging over the wagon. Another compelling simile used to traject his tone of disgust is when the author compares the sound of the gassed man gurgling blood in his lungs as “Obscene as cancer” (line 23). Anyone who has experienced cancer knows the horror and fight involved. Owen compares the effects of cancer to the horror in war.
Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" is a fantastic but brutal, description of a gas attack suffered by a group of soldiers in World War 1. One of the soldiers in this group is unable to get on his helmet, and we are told that he suffered horribly. Through his shifting rhythms, dramatic description, and saddening images, Owen seeks to tell us that the horrors of war are outweighs those who praise it. In the first of four stanzas, Owen presents the death-like calm before the storm of the gas attack. Alliteration and onomatopoeia join with and literal images of war to produce a sense of despair "Bent beggars", "knock-kneed", cough and "curse" like "hags" through "sludge."
Gas! Quick, boys! – He uses even the I-figure in the 14th line, because he feels one of the soldiers. The third stanza, where he describes the death of a soldier, is the shortest, but three words are enough to makes us feel the horror that he feels: guttering, chocking, drowning. The fourth stanza is the most important because he appeals to the reader: he’s talking to the whole country who encourage young men to go dying in the threnches telling them that if they could see what he had seen: My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardentfor some desperate glory, The old
This creates the image that the bullets are humans that are hurting humans which represents war. 'The patroitic tear that had brimmed in his eye Sweating like molten-iron from the contre of his chest,-' One of the most hard hitting and cinematic lines in this poem and really shows this image of a patriotic tear that has brought him here now has no place in the battlefield as it has sweated and evaporated. The Ideas and Themes The main idea in this poem I think is to translate the experience of every new soldier and there realisation of war. The fact that the poem doesn't name a soldier personally is poignant as it shows that it happens to many soldiers. Also the poem concentrates and the negativeness of patriotism as it is what has brought these soldiers here but as soon as it has it, in essence, drops
The poem starts with what the soldiers actually look like. They are exhausted and ill but have to continue marching and fighting. The soldiers are then attacked by a gas bomb and Owen witnessed his friend coughing and choking and unfortunately dying. The gas is being compared to the sea and that the gas is drowning him like the sea. The third stanza, is about the amount of bodies, just lying there, there are so many that they are being thrown in the back of a wagon to dispose of them.
Khakhiboy Referring to imagery languages and structure explain how effective Dulce et Decorum Est is “Dulce et Decorum Est.” Translates to “sweet and right to die for your country”, or is it a horrific lie that is costing the lives of young, opportunity-filled men in the dreadful period of 1914-1918, the First World War. Wilfred Owen was a soldier who managed to write a poem with gruesome imagery whilst being surrounded by death, destruction and deafening sounds of shells being dropped all around him. However Jessie Pope’s poem “Who’s for the game?” claims it is right to die for your country. Wilfred Owens’ poem illustrates life in the trenches and the horror of a gas attack as well as its consequences on the innocent victim. The structure that he has displayed is the use of rhyme on almost every other line.
This is seen when the main protagonist Paul is discussing the front line and says “for me the front is as sinister as a whirlpool.” She uses a simile in the scene so that the readers can relate to how terrifying the war was. The whirlpool symbolises little hope of surviving, with the image of a whirlpool starts off slow and gets faster and faster. Going to war is similar to this. The mud, the lice, the constant noise of bombs, the constant death and the mutilated landform around him. Body paragraph 2: Remarque uses loss of generation throughout the novel All Quiet on the Western Front.
The arrival of Stanhope confirms the audience’s suspicions that he is indeed a stern task master and a dedicated soldier. The stage directions note his uniform is “well cut and cared for” yet the “shadows” beneath his eyes hint at exhaustion. On arrival he instantly criticizes Hardy, condemning the “blasted mess” of the trenches; his anger and disgust are evident as he lists the foul conditions, like “cess-pits; rusty bombs; damp rifle grenades”. His anger is borne out through sarcasm referring to Hardy as “Master” Hardy, a belittling and insulting address, and further emphasising Stanhope’s opinion of Hardy as incompetent. The manner of his speech is abrupt and direct, evident in the short sentences and use of exclamation marks as he barks orders to Mason, using the mild swear word “Damn”.
What disciplinary problems became more widespread and evident within the armed forces during the latter stages of Vietnam? Why did these problems exist, how were they handled, and what was their overall impact on the war at large? Approaching the end of a purposeless, wasteful, undefined, and futile show of power, armed forces personnel understandably became restless. Compound with leadership disorderliness, indiscipline spread quickly amongst the ranks. Beginning with mere lack of proper grooming standards; as sympathetic solders of the antiwar movement lacked proper haircuts, displayed peace medallions, penned “UUUU” on their helmets meaning “We are the Unwilling, led by the Unqualified, to do the Unnecessary for the Ungrateful.” Desertion rate was at an all-time high, for all services during the Vietnam era and more so around the world.
The poet emphasised the cruel and horrible side to war by realistically describing the dead soldier, “the white eyes writhing in his face.” As the wagon he was “flung” into jolted, his blood “came gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.” The poet conveyed the theme of his poem very successfully. He was angered by “the old lie.” “Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori” – it is a good and fitting thing to die for ones country. He wanted people to realise that war was a senseless waste of lives and he managed that through describing the horrors in vivid detail. Roger McGough shared this view but expressed it differently in his poem “Why Patriots Are a Bit Nuts in