Wilfred owe generalized essay –
During the time of world war one , war was seen and considered to be a glorious experience for those whom participated , which is what all major political parties at the time contributed in promoting . ( “It is not enough for a poet to speak critically of war; he must bring the horror of war to life for those who have not experienced it.”/ “The shock and sadness of war are both represented in Owen’s poetry.” ) Wilfred Owens’s poetry presents a very different perspective of what war is , The untold truth’s that war is associated with tragedy, grief, and the futility of war.
Owens poem ‘dulce et decorum est “ is an allusion to Horace’s idea of how it was a sweet and nobel thing to die for your country .Owen’s perspective greatly contrast’s this idea Owen’s idea of prolonged suffering is shown through the Simile
“Flound’ring like a man in fire or lime “
The effect of comparing the soldiers death to someone being burnt to death or enduring maximum suffering reveals the physical agony the solider is in as the gas is penetrating through his lungs .Due to experiences like this soldiers were not informed about what really happens in war .
Owen continues his perspective of the “Shock and sadness / horror of war “ through the gas attack . Owen uses Imperative language and direct speech in :
“Gas ! Gas ! quick , boys ! “
The urgent tone of the speaker reveals the utter desperation of the soldiers to put on their gear necessary for survival due to this gas attack . The imperative language further reinforces this desperation of the soldiers .
Furthering Owen’s negative view on war , Owen then expresses the complete exhaustion and fatigue experienced by the soldiers during the time of war with the use of the Sensory imagery in :
“ Men marched asleep…. But limped bloodshot “
To effectively reveal the “Shock and sadness / horror of war “ . The connotations of the word marched include standing tall and being of heroic figure ....