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Dulce Et Decorum Est This poem describes war and its effects on the poet himself Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori actually means How sweet and pure it is to die for ones country Owen in this poem describes how this is not at all true and that it is in no way patriotic to die for your home land In fact he describes this as The old Lie This is a very graphic realistic and emotional account of the War In the first verse there is a description of the soldiers shell-shocked status and of how all their senses are numbed Owen recalls the jagged impassive state of the soldiers The description of the fighters on the Western Front Bent double like old beggars under sacks contradicts the whole idea that the soldier is upright dignified and heroic Knock-kneed coughing like hags we cursed through the sludge also describes the condition of the men The phrase Knock-kneed is a good use of alliteration to illustrate the appearance of the soldiers Words and phrases that depict that they are stunned are blood-shod lame blind Drunk with fatigue And towards our distant rest began to trudge Perhaps the poet was in this quote showing that the soldiers distant rest was in fact their final resting place their death All these quotations form a slow-moving verse which is necessary to picture the slow-moving soldiers The last line in this verse sets you up nicely for the dramatic yet very effective impact of the unsuspected gas-shells dropping softly behind Gas GAS Quick boys This line is continued with An ecstasy of fumbling which describes the soldiers in a happy panic I think this is needed to show the adrenaline rush of the surprise it also fits in well with the quick and exciting pace of this verse The next line Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time is personification It describes the
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