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The values of the English war poet Wilfred Owen are very much reflected in his poetry His values in regard to war are shown through two of his poems in particular Dulce et Decorum Est and Anthem for Doomed Youth Wilfred Owen saw the war not as a thing that must be cured by political action but more as a tragedy that should be approached with compassion Despite being one of his greatest works Dulce et Decorum Est didnt get past the bitterness that Owen felt and hence didnt produce the pity that his other works produced Anthem for Doomed Youth was one of these poems It encourages the reader to feel not only a sense of pathos towards the young boys who died for their country but also the need for compassion It reminds us that despite all the political battles being staged throughout a war situation we must not forget the real people fighting for us and provide them with our constant support and compassion The glorification of war is something that Owen was strongly against This value is very present in Dulce et Decorum Est especially in the last stanza It refers to the famous Latin saying Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori which means it is a sweet and decorous thing to die for ones country It speaks of how the innocent minds of children should never be made to believe a lie such as this A lie that is only for those who believe war is something that should be glorified Something else very present in Dulce et Decorum Est is Owens outburst against those who have never experienced war but continue to praise it In the second stanza he gives an example of how he watched his comrade die as he failed to put his gas helmet on in time In the fourth stanza he describes how he and his fellow soldiers flung the corpse
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