How is war presented in the poem "Dulce et Decorum Est"?

In "Dulce et Decorum Est," war is presented as a senseless, brutal, and meaningless destruction of human life. There is no glory in war and no one dies nobly for their country.

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In his poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est," Wilfred Owen depicts war as a brutal and senseless waste of human life. From the very first stanza, Wilfred tears down the idea that war is glorious. The soldiers we see on the move are compared to "old beggars." Immediately, the reader can tell that this poem is a condemnation of war.

Wilfred Owen served on the front lines in the British army. He knew the horrors of war first hand. He also knew that fighting in the conflict was being touted as a glorious and patriotic duty by those in Britain. This poem, and many of his other works as well, was written to stand in contrast to the propaganda on the home front. In "Dulce et Decorum Est," Owen highlights the terror and agony of a gas attack. He describes a soldier drowning under the fumes of the gas, terrified and helpless. He describes how this image haunts the survivors. This soldier's death was a senseless one. He did not die upon the glorious battlefield. He died in misery and his death accomplished...

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