. In Owen’s “Dulce Et Decorum Est,” Owen provides the reader with many examples of imagery conveyed through various literary devices. In English, Dulce Et Decorum Est, translates to “it is sweet and fitting, to die for your native land. ” The images of excitement, death, and sadness that are painted by Owen are the most well conveyed and therefore the most impactful images and to ultimately show the irony in the poem because of Owen’s choice of literary techniques. An example that is well projected is “GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!
— An ecstasy of fumbling, fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;” these lines produce an image of excitement. The image of excitement Owen produces among the soldiers is done through the use of charged words and punctuation. The image that is produced from “GAS! Gas! Quick, boys! — An ecstasy of fumbling, fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,” can be described as a division of soldiers in the trenches going about the daily routine of shooting and getting shot at, undergo a horrid excitement of gas landing in the trenches.
Then, as a soldier barks, telling the others to place on the gas masks. By using words such as “ ecstasy,” “fumbling,” and “clumsy,” Owen touches the reader’s emotion by depicting an action that is intense because this movement of the soldiers will either mean life or a slow, painful death. Also, the punctuation that is present produces an envisionment of an officer barking at the younger, less experienced troops, telling the soldiers to put on the masks over the words “GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!
” The overall image smoothly and excitingly transitions from the walking, bloody, and fatigued troops to a life or death situation that makes an essential impact on the poem. Though the troop of men successfully attached the gas masks, Owen continues on to further depict an image of a not so fortunate man who did not have the same privilege. The picture from “And floundering 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” can be described as an unfortunate man that is being eradicated through a short, painful death.
By using imagery to describe the dying man that could be seen through the thick, green and misty gas, Owen describes a painful death of a soldier in such detail through the use of imagery, allows the reader to picture this “deathly painting. ”. Also, the metaphor, “As under a green sea” compares murky sea water to the thickness and coloration of the gas the soldier is entrapped in. The picture continues the previous image of the soldiers affixing the masks to an unfortunate man that was not able to do so, and paid the price.
Before the splurge of excitement and the dying of a soldier, the same group of men were already suffering from the effects of war as depicted previously in the poem. The picture of death Owen conveys among the unlucky soldier is done through the use of imagery and metaphor. The depiction of the sadness of war Owen coins among the unlucky soldiers is completed through the use of punctuation and charged words from “Many lost their boots but limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.
”By employing punctuation to illustrate the slow and trudging group of men. With every punctuation within the lines of poetry, the punctuation characterizes a pause in the soldiers’ walking as they prepare for the next seemingly endless step through the sludge in the trenches. Also, the charged words such as “limped,” “lame,” and “deaf,” allow the reader to put envision what it was like to be in a soldiers’ boots and experience the true colors of war; sadness and despair. The image shows the condition of the group of soldiers as well as the landscape the soldiers call home.
By employing the literary devices of punctuation and charged words, Owen gives the reader an envisionment of the group of men and the tolls of war. Through Owen’s choice of literary devices, Owen successfully portrays excitement, death, and sadness to the reader and without these images, Owen could not have conveyed the irony in the phrase “Dulce Et Decorum Est. ” The portraits of the soldiers equipped with gas masks, the dying soldier, and the condition of the troops show the true colors of war, which is what Owen was attempting to convey throughout the poem.