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How has Wilfred Owen used poetic techniques to represent the
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Dulce et Decorum est
- Wilfred Owen
- Poems outline the misrepresentation and veiled ideology of war
- Dulce et Decorum est
Dulce et Decorum est
- Dulce et Decorum Est reveals the true nature of war through the barbaric experiences that soldiers had to face.
- “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock kneed, coughing life hags”
- Unexpected metaphoric view and appearance of soldiers, as contrast is used to portray the soldiers whom are believed to be strong, healthy and muscular looking men.
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock kneed, coughing life hags
- Image of athletic soldier diminished as lies of propaganda are reduced.
The true image of soldiers
“Floundering like a man in fire or lime -
Dim through the misty panes and
thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.”
The imagery depicts the horror of death in war, abolishing the romantic notions set up previously by chauvinistic poets of the time.
- “We cursed through sludge” hints that the poet was present throughout the event of war.
- Allows Owen to create effective imagery and creates a sense of pity for the soldiers.
- Owen draws on his own personal experience as a soldier describing death
Masks for protection from the insidious gas
- Owen utilises onomatopoeia seen through “And towards our distant rest begun to trudge”.
- Use of the word ‘trudge’ describes the soldiers difficulty walking through sludge.
- It suggests the soldiers slow pace and difficulty of movement.
“Trudging through sludge”
- Owen uses imagery regarding the sun as he contrasts its vitality and warmth with its ultimate incompetence to wake the deceased.
- In the first stanza the sun is personified and described as "kind" and "old", its warmth ancient and affirming as it is personified.
- The tone of the poem is quiet and gently hopeful when the speaker asks “move him into the sun”. This describes the sense of hope that both soldiers and the general population had of war at the beginning.
Life giving sun
- The tone of the speaker becomes more distraught and questioning as the tone shifts to accommodate the change in his mindset.
- The speaker is confused how the sun could wake the seeds and bring to life a man and now can do nothing. This loss of valuable life makes the speaker bitterly wonder why "the fatuous sunbeams toil, to break earth's sleep at all".
- This can be linked to the soldiers finally figuring out that war is futile, that there is no point to fighting this war if all it brings is death and destruction.
- The meaning of the title, then, is the futility of trying to understand how nature could create life but stand by as it is laid to waste.
Owen successfully uses poetic techniques in both Dulce et Decorum est and futility to represent the soldier’s harsh and grim experience of war.
Diminishes the lies of propaganda.
Brings to light what actually takes place on the battlefield with his up close experiences and the authenticity of his poems.