" and "Are we here for just this reason, too die for the sake of pointless wars that occur through mans own greed of power?
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Many had lost their boots, But limped on, blood-shod. In all my dreams before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of gas-shells dropping softly behind. If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,— My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.
—An ecstasy of fumbling Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time, But someone still was yelling out and stumbling And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.— Dim through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
The first line describes the troops as being "like old beggars under sacks".
This not only says that the men are tired but that they are so tired they have been brought down to the level of beggars.The soldiers ignore the "drowning" man – that could not place his helmet on in time – because of the inhumanity the war has afflicted them with.The "guttering, choking, drowning" of the moribund soldier cloud his dreams and the usage of assonance shows the guilt in his mind and exasperation of the death that has plagued the soldiers.Owen has also employed some literary devices in this poem to present the mind-disturbing pictures of the war.The analysis of some of the literary devices used in this poem has been discussed below.Literary devices are used to bring richness and clarity to the texts.The writers and poets use them to make their texts appealing and meaningful. By Winifred Dalrymple Based on the poem of "Dulce et Decorum Est", by Wilfred Owen.From the first stanza Owen uses strong metaphors and similes to convey a strong warning.Here the reader can see that the suggestion of clay as being cold and lifeless and that when the sun tries to warm clay, it in fact bakes it hard.In lines 3, 4 and 5, "Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides, Full-nerved - warm-to hard too hard to stir? " the reader can begin to ask the age old questions, "why?