Technique in Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An analysis of the literary techniques in Wilfred Owen’s famous war poem, `Dulce Et Decorum Est`.

This paper examines Owen’s use of precise diction and how it emphasizes that war is a horrible and devastating event and also discusses how his figurative language conveys the feeling of the poem. Furthermore, the paper analyzes how the use of extremely graphic images adds to his argument, how audience considerations impact the poem and how the author uses punctuation to create texture in the poem. The paper shows how through the effectiveness of these five tools, this poem expresses strong meaning and persuasive arguments on the dark side of war, and is an excellent example of powerful writing.
“The author’s use of excellent diction helps to clearly define what the author is saying. (Fulwiler and Hayakawa 163) Powerful verbs like `guttering`, `choking`, and `drowning` not only show how the man is suffering, but that he is in a great deal of pain that no human being should endure. Other words like `writhing` and `froth-corrupted` hint to exactly how the man is being tormented by his enemy, as well as himself. The phrase `blood shod` forces the image of men who have been on their feet for days, never stopping to rest long enough to recuperate. One can almost feel the pain of the men whose feet have not gotten a rest from the heavy boots they wear. Some of the boots are torn and worn, and some of the men have no boots at all. Frostbite. Gangrene. Amputate. All possible words they might hear. If they live long enough to find out.”


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