Dulce Et Decorum Est

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Dulce et Decorum Est Analyse two quotations from Dulce et Decorum Est – The Poem: “He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.” In this quotation Wilfred Owen is describing how a solider was unfortunate enough as he didn’t have time to put his gas mask on therefore, he was in literal pain, Wilfred uses very strong words to describe this man’s action. Plunging means something jumping towards you instantly, the word 'plunges’ also illustrates the image that the suffering soldier tries to make one final attempt to be saved. Wilfred then uses three strong words which makes the reader imagine the suffering solider as he uses onomatopoeia for the rest of the line “guttering, choking, drowning” these words are used to highlight that the soldier was truly experiencing an awful death. These examples of onomatopoeia are used to really emphasise the crucial pain that he is suffering and that he was making these revolting sounds. This quotation shows how much this solider is suffering but it also shows how no human on earth should die like this as it seems like a terrible way for a man’s death. The old lie: Dulce et decorum est – Pro patria mori” This quotation is placed right at the end of this poem, It means ‘Sweet and beautiful it is to die for one’s country’ In Latin. There is some irony in this last stanza, but Owen is also very serious. He uses the saying as a warning and a final attempt to persuade the reader that war is monstrous. He describes the saying as 'The old Lie,' which I think means that he is trying to say that it is a trick. It shows that he wants to open everyone’s eyes and send across a message that the war wasn’t really sweet and beautiful it was revolting and a waste of time. The aim of this poem was to shock the reader-to let them feel the sense of disgust felt by all the soldiers as they witness the soldier's struggle to
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