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Dolce Et Decorum Est
Transcript of Dolce Et Decorum Est
On your own, annotate your copy of the poem.
Underline or highlight the similes and metaphors in this poem.
Make notes around the poem which briefly describe the images the poet creates.
Note down on your copies how the men feel at the start of the poem, before the gas attack.
Note down on your sheet how the rhythm changes as the warning is shouted.
Find the following lines in the poem, read them carefully and using the notes you have made, write down what you think each phrase means, take in the context of the poem.
Bent double, like old beggars
Men marched asleep
Drunk with fatigue
An ecstasy of fumbling
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues
Dolce Et Decorum Est
To closely analyze the poem 'Dolce et Decorum est'
a) Give 5 metaphors that you would use to describe a scene of war
b) Give 5 similes that you would use to describe a scene of war / conflict
c) In your own words, define the term 'imagery'
Answer the following questions in your books
(look at the marks assigned to each question to ascertain how long your answers should be)
1. Why do you think that Owen described the events of the First World War in such detail? (3)
2. In what way is Owen being sarcastic? (3)
3. Owen uses imagery to great effect. How does he create these images and what effect do they have on you? (8)
The next set of images are scenes from the First World War. Link a quotation from each poem to the images you see.
Read the poem
'Dulce et Decorum est'
'Dulce...' is a poemby Wilfred Owen.
The poem describes how a young soldier dies a horrible death during a gas attack (victims literally drowned as fluid filled their lungs)
Owen wrote the poem in response to Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the game?'
The last line translates as follows:
"It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country"