There were also a lot of gas attacks. Owen really tries to get the reader to understand how bad it was by using horrid imaginary by telling us how tired the soldiers were by writing ‘Men march asleep’ and ‘Drunk with fatigue’ and of his description of watching a soldier dying because he couldn’t get his gas mask on in time of a gas attack. Owen poem is so descriptive that when reading it, you can imagine it in your mind playing like a film whilst reading it. The poem begins with the simile ‘Bent double like old sacks, knock-kneed coughing like hags’ we imagine the soldiers walking slowly like the elderly due to tiredness, and bent double due to all the equipment that they carried at the time with the sounds of five-nines exploding around them. ‘Coughing like hags’ the conditions was not great in the trenches in World War 1, it was full of diseases and the weather conditions would make fighting a great deal harder.
The other soldiers (including the speaker of the poem, presumably Owen himself) are forced to watch the man slowly die as his insides are burned away by the chlorine gas. His dying body (still alive, but thrashing in agony) is thrown on a cart. We are told that the sight of the dying man stuck in his mind, causing him terrible nightmares for a long time afterwards. He states that if other people had seen that sight, or if they knew how truly terrible warfare is, they would not say that dying in battle is a glorious and honourable thing. The simile, "His hanging face, like a devil's sick of skin" highlights to the reader the worst possible illustration of war.
He described the men as being weak and not as strong as they were expected to be. He says “all went lame” which refers too many of the men having lost their boots during battle. By “haunting” he means that they were suffering shell shock from the explosions and sights that they endured. In stanza two the pace changes by the poet using exclamation marks and repetition in the first line “Gas! GAS!
In the first stanza Owen describes the soldiers as they try to move away from their “shift” on the front line. The description of the soldiers as they painfully move is one of pain and suffering. They are “bent double, like old beggars under sacks” which means they can hardly move and their backs are all bent. “Knocked-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge” this part is the worst for the soldiers’ conditions and health. They are coughing from a previous gas attack and they have to try and get through a path of mud.
Relentlessly the tanks and soldiers mowed down the US army troops and left them, screaming on the sandy ground. The hot dog Stand! which had lines as big as the empire state building was robbes of its food and money. The rain tipper in : the once fierce men were now crying. U.S army men were slaughtered and there faces were left pale.
Dulce Et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen Wilfred Owen’s poem, Dulce Et Decorum Est is a tendentious poem about the harsh realities of World War I; throughout his poems he shows his hatred for the Generals and commanding officers. In this poem he describes his memories of physical horror, and how many soldiers had been mislead about the “glory” of war. It should also be noted that this poem is in first person, and Owen is recalling the event, also the event in just one moment of time. The poem is split into four different stanzas, in the first stanza he shows how weak the soldiers were due to the horrific effects of the war. In the first line he starts off by using a hyperbole to show how badly the soldiers were affected: like old beggars under sacks, this shows that even though these men were supposed to be the ‘cream of the crop’ so to speak, they were being compared to beggars under sacks.
It shows us this by comparing the soldiers who should be young and fit to old beggars under sacks. This makes us think of them as haggard dirty and drawn old men hunched over and bent double with exhaustion and pain, finding it extremely difficult to walk. It also reveals to us that even young men who go to war lose part of their youthfulness, due to the terrible sights and circumstances, which is not right. All throughout the first stanza the author uses great adjectives such as knock kneed and similes 'coughing like hags’ to describe the terrible condition and state of exhaustion that these men are in. ‘Knock-kneed’ suggests that the soldier is trying to keep his knees together and his feet wide apart to keep himself steady so that he can continue walking.
In The Sentry, Owen accounts how he saw a man have his face disfigured by a shell. He uses gruesome imagery and descriptions of the man, "Eyeballs, huge-bulged like squids" which puts a dreadful image in the readers mind. Owen uses similar techniques in Dulce et Decorum est when the man is choking from the poison gas, "the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs" which again conjures up grotesque images in the readers mind. By using these techniques Owen is showing how war is not glamorous and there is no real glory in war, just death and destruction. The first paragraph in both poems sets the scene for what is about to come, "We'd found an old Boche dug-out".
A comparison of the ways in which World War One is presented by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Explore the ways that Owen and Sassoon use language to present the realities of war A comparison of the two poems “Dulce et Decorum est" and "Hero" by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, to contrast and compare poetry with close reference to ways in which World War One is presented and how they present the realities of war. Both Owen and Sassoon present the soldiers of World War One as unheroic. At the very beginning of Dulce et Decorum est Owen describes the soldiers as “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”. The image that he describes is the complete opposite of what we would consider to be a heroic, an attribute that is usually given to soldiers.
Wilfred owens most remembered poem was ‘dulce et decorum est’. The poem was set in the trenches in the First World War and it is about soldiers continually experiencing near death experiences, living in war depression whilst watching allies die and suffocate of deadly gases and excessive pain. It is also a response poem to Jessie popes poem (The Game) where he writes “if you could hear, at every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, bitter as cud of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, my friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory.” He is implying that if she could experience the true horror of the war she would never advertise it to young children. The sentry is a person who would keep watch on the base camp it is there job to watch the enemies. In “the sentry” Wilfred Owen talks about the disgusting conditions of the trenches and the depressing weather and how the trenches would become flooded.