Dulce Et Decorum Est, Futilty, Anthem

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The poems “Dulce et Decorum est”, “Anthem for Doomed Youth” and “Futility”, all written by Wilfred Owen, have a central theme of the pity of war. This idea, which is woven through the poems with the careful use of literal and figurative imagery, caused a strong reaction in the audience because of the revealing nature of the idea, as the true identity of war is explored. The poem “Dulce et Decorum est” contains strong literal images that reveal the true nature of war. Owen draws on his own personal experience as a soldier in World War One, describing the death of a soldier through gas. “Floundering like a man in fire or lime” The literal images depict the horror of death in war, abolishing the romantic notions of war set up previously by jingoistic poets of the time, such as Jesse Pope. Owen goes on to further confront these patriotic views in the final four lines of the poem. “My friend you would not tell with such high zest, to children ardent for some desperate glory, The Old Lie: Dulce et Decorum est, Pro patria mori.” This sardonic address to the aggressive nationalist views of the era causes a strong reaction in readers as they realize the truth about war – how horrific and desolate the scene actually is. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” explores another aspect of a soldier’s life in World War One. Death is corrupt and vile, and the soldiers must suffer all by themselves. No one is around to comfort them, cry for them, and be their loved ones for them. “No mockeries for them; no prayers or bells”. This line depicts how the soldiers will never have the rites of a proper funeral for their death, the only singing to farewell them will be the cries of shells, bringing more death to those around them. This imagery is horrific to viewers as they realise that, not only must the soldiers go through awful experiences, they must also die in loneliness, never seeing their
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