Irony In Dulce Et Decorum Est

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What is war actually about, what is the meaning of war? Is it good? Is it bad? Many question linger around what war really is about is it all just fighting? The general society of people who haven’t gone to war wouldn’t know. Might could say “war doesn’t seem that bad.” As everyday people we couldn’t say what war is actually about because we have never experienced it. Ask a soldier what they think of war. Would a normal citizen here nothing but positivity more than likely they wouldn’t. A soldier more times than not would protest war in a general standpoint. In fact a soldier would nine times our of ten protest war in ways of imagery, irony and the structure of the way they act or talk towards the subject of war.

One way a soldier would protest war is by using imagery so
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If you look back into Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” a reader wouldn’t have to look through the whole poem trying to find irony, because in the title of owen’s poem you get your main example of irony “Dulce et Decorum Est.” The title means “it’s sweet and honourable to die for your country.” Owen being a soldier poet he can’t see how a statement such as “ Dulce et Decorum Est” matches the reality of what war is actually about in the poem its gives reason to why the saying “Dulce et Decorum est” is a lie. The examples use imagery just to prove the irony of the poem. “Like old beggars under sacks” and “ knock- kneed, coughing like hags” or “the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.” All of those examples show the readers that there is not one thing “honourable” about warfare. Then in Crane’s poem there is yet another example of irony and which you can find the example also in the title of his poem “War is Kind.” Crane uses verbal irony to show the irony of his poem. Crane poem refers to three people the “Maiden,” “babe,” and a “mother.” Crane poem also has gruesome description of