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The poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen describes the horrors of World War I with the horrific imagery and the startling usage of phrases that he uses. He describes his own experience with a gas attack where he dropped a part of his squadron and the lasting impact it had on him. He explains how terrible the requirements were to the soldiers and just how bad it had been. As a result he is trying to help prevent different soldiers from undergoing what happened at a lack of time. Owen opens his poem with a strong simile that compares the soldiers to older people who could possibly be hunch-backed. 'Bent double, like old beggars such as sacks.' 'like sacks' indicates the picture that the soldiers are just like homeless people at the side of a road that's all filthy. This highlights that the clothes they had been wearing were al.. .