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Statistics About The Negative View of Society in Wilfred Owen's Poetry

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Dulce et Decorum est and Anthem for Doomed Youth are both written by Wilfred Owen, and the two are composed to reveal "the war [World War I] and the guilt of war". Owen does so by regaling very gloomy and often shocking poems whom I believe are quite effective in delivering their purpose. Both poems show negative views of culture through tone and metaphors and Dulce et Decorum est also uses similes. A poem that presents a negative perspective on society is Dulce et Decorum est.. It's a fantastic poem about the old Latin saying it is entitled after. Through this poem Owen is trying to inform us that this old saying is a lie, which war is not as magnificent than most adults make it out to be. From the very first line "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks" it's clear that Dulce Et Decorum Est is a very negatively tender poem. This is reinforced by additional lines in the first stanza for example "All went lame; most of blind" and "And towards our distant rest began to trudge". This negative tone, which is caused by the from the emotive language used (like "older" and "trudge"), generates a grim scene to the feeling of this war. This gloomy start for the poem introduces war as a dreadful area where young men do not locate glory, but instead it is a place where trust is lost, and it is a place where all sorrow venturing. After this gloomy initial stanza, the second and third use several similes and metaphors to deliver to our attention the disgusting and disgusting horrors that soldiers witness when at war. Similes like "Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud" and "like a devil's sick of sin" describe dreadful images of a man slowly dying because of inhaling toxic gas. Through words such as 'obscene', 'cancer' and 'ill' those similes evoke emotions of disgus...

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