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Anger and Injustice Functions in Wilfred Owen's Poem Dulce et Decorum est

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The movie "Dulce et Decorum est" was written by Wilfred Owen during World War One, and is possibly the most popular war-poem ever written.The name a part of this Latin term 'Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori' meaning 'It is sweet and right to die for the country'. Wilfred Owen watched the war firsthand and this poem is all about a gas attack that he seen. Throughout this poem Owen gives the sense of anger and excitement through the use of many different poetic techniques. Wilfred Owen emphasises the status of the guys in order to demonstrate the reader the impact that the war had on the soldiers. He compares the youthful soldiers to elderly people: "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks" In this simile the soldiers are being contrasted to old beggars due to their physical condition. They can be 'bent double' because the burden of the sacks imply they can't walk properly even though being young, healthy soldiers. As well as this, this war aged them permanently. Wilfred Owen continues to describe the condition of the soldiers and again he contrasts them to older people with using a simile: "Knock-kneed, coughing like hags" Knock-kneed is a type of speech however, the writer could also indicate the soldiers' legs were actually knocking together because of their injuries and the weight of the sacks. This line also describes the cough of these soldiers as being like an older men cough - deep and hoarse. Owen also needs to inform us that the soldiers were overworked and extremely tired: "Drunk with fatigue" Word choice within this metaphor is intriguing. You would not ordinarily associate 'drunk' with an on-duty soldier and this also shows us the way they are walking - basically shocking about. 'Fatigue' means that they're more than just tired, th...

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