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History has taught us that no other war challenged existing conventions morals and ideals in the same way World War I did World War I saw the mechanization of weapons like heavy artillery and tanks the use of poison gas the long stalemate on the Western Front and trench warfare all of which resulted in the massive loss of human life A handful of poets including Wilfred Owen participated in the war fought in it and some like Owen died in the war The poetry of these war poets as they are later termed showed a first-hand account of the brutality and the devastation of war in a world which still believed that war was heroic and proud Wilfred Owen used imagery personification and simile in his poem Dulce et Decorum Est to show the true effects of patriotism Dulce et Decorum Est is a poem which uses graphic imagery to show the violent context of war The imagery used is supposed to give the reader an inside look at war Men marched asleep Many had lost their boots But limped on blood-shod All went lame all blind Drunk with fatigue deaf even to the hoots5-7 These words paint a picture in the readers head that these soliders are tired an wearisome They have lost there shoes but have not realized this because of there numbness from fighting battles The soliders are in such a deep tranze that they can not hear the hooting of the owls In these three lines owen shows the true meanings of patriotism and how soliders have to keep moving even when they injured tired or barefoot And floundring like a man in fire or limeDim through the misty panes and thick green light As under a green sea I saw him drowning12-14 These words show how big and terrifying the mustard gas is The narrative speaker says the man drowns in a gas that is so thick
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