Essay heading: "Dulce et Decorum Est" or the insanity of the new age.

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In his poem, Owen draws a very realistic picture of the frontline, using such compelling images, words and tone of voice that we are dragged unwillingly into the horror of the war with him. In the first stanza, Owen briefly described the soldiers as being "like old beggars under sacks" (1 line) as they move back from the frontline and get trapped in a chlorine gas attack (Magill, 1992, p...
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The language used in this passage shows us the desolation, destruction and apathy of the war through words such as: "sludge," "trudge," "men marched asleep," "limped," "lime," "blind," "Drunk with fatigue" (lines 2-7). The poet uses metaphors like "blood-shod," "deaf even for the hoots of tired, outstripped Five-Nines," (line 7-8) as well as a literal, graphical expressions through which describes the scene as if we were there ? we can see, feel and smell everything...
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