How Does Wilfred Owen Present War Though His Poems

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How does Wilfred Owen present war though his poems? Wilfred Owen produce a poem called dulce et decorum est. In this poem Wilfred Owen explores the many horrors and cruel ordeals of World War One. He does this by using horrific imagery and techniques such as vivid imagery and dramatic descriptions. Owen then seeks to convince the reader that it is not honourable or right to die for your country, as the title of the poem suggests so. He does this very successfully by presenting his very own opinion through a series of horrific and blood gorging imagery to show that the war is not honourable to die for. In stanza one, Owen describes the physical state of the soldiers to allow the reader to visualise and sense the cruel reality of how the war was for them. Their situation is made more realistic through the use of first person plural as displayed in the line “we cursed through the sludge”. Unexpected and contrasting descriptions of the soldiers such as referring to them as “bent double, like old beggars under sacks”, and associating them with animals by referring to them as “blood shod”, also changes the reader’s perception of what conditions were like during the war. In relation to their harsh portrayal, Owen uses similes such as “coughing like hags” to help produce a pitiful sense of anguish for the soldiers, as well as, for emphasis on their weariness, and both mental and physical strain, verbs such as “trudge”, “limped” and “bent”. Another technique used in the last line of the stanza, to accentuate the secrecy and display the soldiers’ unawareness, is the sibilance in the ironic line of “gas-shells dropping softly behind”. In contrast to the first stanza, the second stanza is filled with action. One of the primary techniques used to speed up the pace is that of repetition and use of punctuation, as seen in the line” Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!” Owen also see the
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