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by Wilfred Owen

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How are the horrors of war expressed in "Dulce et Decorum Est"?

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I assume that you are referring to "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen, his most famous poem, and I have edited the question accordingly. Please remember in future to provide the title of the work you are referring to.

From the very opening words of this poem it is clear that Owen is playing with the image that his audience had of war and the actual brute reality of what fighting in WWI was like. Consider the first two lines of this incredible poem:

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge...

War is...

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