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The Futility of Dying for a State through Poetic Devices Dulce et Decorum Est and The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est 1920 uses vivid imagery primarily to remove any romantic or patriotic idea that it is sweet to die for ones country Randall Jarrells The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner uses ambiguity to compare the death for the state to an abortion Each poem presents the death of a man for his country though with contrasting poetic devises The poetic devises in the poems Dulce et Decorum Est and The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner convey the horror and futility of dying for a state The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner begins From my mothers sleep I fell into the State And hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze 720 The gunner is born from his mothers warm womb into the cold State he leaves the safety and warmth of his mother womb and falls into the dangerous state of being in the freezing belly of a high altitude bomber The State is not referred to patriotically or romantically in this nature but more as cold and less than nourishing 720 In Dulce et Decorum Est soldiers are first reduced to a bunch of ill hunchbacked old bag ladies or beggars dreadfully struggling through the mud towards an unpleasant destination 763 Then upon signal flares they turn around and begin a long arduous walk to distant rest 763 Owen paints a far from romantic or patriotic view of war right from the start with his concrete images He departs further from the patriotic view of soldiers trough stating Men marched asleep Many had lost their boots But limped on bloodshod 763 The soldiers are not glorified Instead they are depicted as poorly equipped and less than potent or even competent Owen next with concrete imagery seems to make the men beastlike and incapacitated
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