The poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen was written by the poet when he was hospitalized with a stress disorder from fighting in World War I in 1917. Owen was anti-war; consequently, his poetry was intended to emphasize the horrors of war for the soldiers. Sadly, in 1918, Owen died one week before the end of the war from gunfire wounds.
The title of the poem is a Latin phrase used sardonically by the poet. The phrase was used during the war, particularly in England. It suggests that the war was to be glorified because the meaning of the phrase is “It is sweet and right.” In other words, it is a great honor to fight and die for a person’s country.
Summary of stanzas
1st stanza: The soldiers are physically and mentally exhausted. Using a simile the soldiers are compared to beggars carrying their bags. Cursing their plight, the soldiers are sick and crippled. The battle is about to end for the day, so the soldiers turn and begin to slog through the mud walking back to the...
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