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INTRODUCTION In the poem Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen the social climate of the World War I era is reflected through the poets use of vivid imagery and poetic techniques The poem itself presents an a blunt impression of the world through its linking of ideas and language in its text The poem addresses the falsehood that war is glorious that it is noble it describes the true horror and waste that is war with the aim of changing the way in which society thinks about conflict THE POEMS MEANING TO ME The poem epitomises the futility and pointlessness of war Not only is war a shocking waste of life but it is ultimately barbarous and pointless act as World War I so horrendously demonstrated to the world powers The graphic horror of war is presented through a series of images which are designed to demolish the notion of war being a patriotic and meaningful adventure The one particularly vivid image that got to me was that of the lone soldier who doesnt fasten his mask fast enough and suffers from the full effects of deadly gas In all my dreams before my helpless sight He plunges at me guttering choking drowning And then If you could hear at every jolt the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs Obscene as cancer bitter as the cud Of vile incurable sores on innocent tongues Owen generates two powerful images aimed at discouraging the mere thought of war by its emotionally distressing descriptions The way in which Owen moved the images from a general concept to personal illustration by addressing the reader directly If you could hear indicated that I must place myself in this situation and evoke the setting and all the associated emotions in my mind as I were in fact witnessing this event first hand Perhaps to feel the
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