Similes In Dulce Et Decorum Est

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In his poem “Dulce et Decorum Est,” Wilfred Owen employs imagery and similes to demonstrate that war, even in one where people die for their country nobly, is not sweet and glorious. The imagery in particular allowed me to experience the horrors of war through sensory experiences, whereas the similes provide comparisons that make the soldiers’ experiences more concrete and realistic. I am able to imagine and understand the experience of drowning or suffocating in a fire. Owen writes of one soldier’s failure to put on his gas mask: He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning… (16) Owen relentlessly continues the scene by placing the man in the back of a wagon, the soldier’s white eyes writhing in his face, which is merely hanging.
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