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Many of the young officers who fought in the Great War enlisted in the army with glowing enthusiasm believing that war was played in fancy uniforms with shiny swords They considered war as a noble task an exuberant journey filled with honor and glory Yet after a short period on the front they discovered that they had been disillusioned by the war fighting earned them nothing but hopelessness death and terror They had lost their lives to the lost cause of war which also killed their innocence and youth They were no longer boys but callous men Wilfred Owens poem Dulce et Decorum Est Pat Barkers novel Regeneration and Erich Maria Remarques All Quiet on the Western Front all portray the irony between the delusive glory of war and the gruesome reality of it but whereas Owen and Sassoon treat the theme from a British point of view Remarque allows us to look at it from the enemys The poem Dulce et Decorum Est an anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen who was an English footsoldier states that it is not sweet and fitting to die a heros death for a country Right off in the first line Owen describes the troops as being like old beggars under sacks 1 This metaphor indicates that the men are battle weary and suggests reluctance They also have been on their feet for days and appear to be drained of youth as they marched asleep 5 and limped on blood-shod 6 Overall in the first stanza Oundjian 2there seems to be a tension between old and young because it shows how the impact of an endless war has reduced these once energetic young men to the point where they could be referred to as old 1 lame 6 and drunk with fatigue 7 In the second stanza and at the beginning of the third Owen makes a gruesome portrayal of a gas attack that painfully expresses desperation suffering and
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