Get in the Trenches With Wilfred Owen

Owen, Wilfred
November 2003
Literary Cavalcade;Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p28
Analyzes the poem "Dulce et Decorum Est," by Wilfred Owen on intense description of soldiers under attack. Mamie Dowling, a student said that she was touched and shocked by the reality of war recorded by the author. Owen's recollection of death by gas lacks no details, and one can almost see the man's body as it reacts to the gas. One can also feel what it was like for the narrator to witness it when he writes, "He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning." The poem itself does not have neat couplets or fancy words, but it uses rhythm and detailed description to give the reader a vivid picture of this terrible scene. INSET: ABOUT WILFRED OWEN.


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