You should begin by thinking about the question and highlighting the key words so that you know exactly what you should be focussing on in this essay.
Essays almost always break down into 4 key stages: 1 Introduction 2 Brief summary 3 Main body 4 Conclusion 1 Introduction Keep it short – no more than 100 words First sentence: mention Owen’s name, the poem’s name and the key words from the question Second sentence: you should make it clear that your essay will consider how a variety of poetic techniques work together to make clear the theme and the poet’s attitude and give a list of the poetic techniques you will discuss such as imagery – simile, description, word choice; – e.g.
One version was sent to Susan Owen, the poet's mother, with the inscription, "Here is a gas poem done yesterday (which is not private, but not final)." The poem paints a battlefield scene of soldiers trudging along only to be interrupted by poison gas.
One soldier does not get his helmet on in time and is thrown on the back of the wagon where he coughs and sputters as he dies.
The line derives from the Roman poet Horace's .
The phrase was commonly used during the WWI era, and thus would have resonated with Owen's readers.
The speaker says that if you could follow behind that wagon where the soldier's body was thrown, watching his eyes roll about in his head, see his face "like a devil's sick of sin", hear his voice gargling frothy blood at every bounce of the wagon, sounding as "obscene as cancer" and bitter as lingering sores on the tongue, then you, "my friend", would not say with such passion and conviction to children desirous of glory, "the old lie" of "Dulce et decorum est".
Analysis"Dulce et Decorum est" is without a doubt one of, if not the most, memorable and anthologized poems in Owen's oeuvre.
Its vibrant imagery and searing tone make it an unforgettable excoriation of WWI, and it has found its way into both literature and history courses as a paragon of textual representation of the horrors of the battlefield.
It was written in 1917 while Owen was at Craiglockhart, revised while he was at either Ripon or Scarborough in 1918, and published posthumously in 1920.