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Wilfred Owen was strongly against war He could not see what it achieved only the suffering it caused After becoming shell-shocked in 1917 he took a hatred to war and began to write poetry to express his sentiments on the subject As he had been through it his poetry was very impressive and showed a lot of feeling He also spent some time at a hospital in Edinburgh which was part of his inspiration for some of his poems In Wilfred Owens poem The Send-off he talks about soldiers leaving for the front line that he expects will never come home Owen uses words like they and all to give us an idea of the numbers These words also show the anonymity of the many soldiers that were sent off The public were not happy to see them off but instead were somber and depressed The men who were leaving were grimly gay with a low moral They knew what their fate would be The few that did manage to return home were not met with a party but were left to find their own way home Dulce et Decorum Est is about the type of conditions the soldiers endured It concentrates on a battlefield incident and points out the horror of war Owen uses the present participle to prolong the actions fumbling stumbling drowning choking This helps to create a painful image in our minds and shows us some of the horrific actions these men went through The poem shows the lack of moral like The Send-off and also the inadequate conditions and the death that men had to put up with every day The last line sums up what Wilfred thinks of war The old Lie Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori-It is sweet and honorable to die for ones country The capital letter on the word Lie tells us that he knew that phrase as a lie and
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