Owen has many intriguing poems addressing his controversial ideas on the horror of war; these poems are named “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, “Anthem of the Doomed Youth” and “Disabled”. He has used an abundance of imaginative and effective techniques such as imagery symbolism alliteration onomatopoeia and much more to lure the reader into his poems featuring misfortune tragedy pity loss and draws attention to the scandals the government used to bring these horrific events to be with great skill and originality.
In the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” there are many examples of many different and interesting techniques one excellent example is one of a hyperbole used in the quote “All went lame; All blind; Drunk with fatigue” the effect of this is that it strongly represents just how incredible the hardship the soldiers had to endure without break without sufficient sleep and even though the level of fatigue is so high that they cannot sense their surroundings let alone stand and march, there is still no mercy for these doomed souls they can only continue to push on awaiting their fate. This linking closely with the mood of the poem and in fact many other poems written by Owen especially with “Futility” due to the close relation between the soldiers being helpless.
An engulfing example of imagery written in 1st person from the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” is “In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, chocking, downing”. This very effectively forces the reader to be submerged in the horrendous image that Owen is forced to bear witness to as the unnamed soldier subdued to the dreadful gas. Owen repeats negative words one after the other to help emphasise the nightmarish image he is creating, there are many other examples of Owen using imagery in all him poems and like this they are used to describe the loss and waste of soldiers.
Another one of Owens deep writings addressing the dark side of war if not indeed all was is not just a waste of time...