Dulce et decorum est – Wilfred Owen

Dulce et decorum est was written by Wilfred Owen to emphasise the irony of his situation and how he blamed the war was “carrying on beyond reason”.

Died @ 25.

After school he became a teaching assistant and in 1913 went to France for two years to work as a language tutor.

“Dulce et decorum est” translates to, it is sweet and proper to die for ones country.

It is said he wrote the majority of his poetry in hospital while suffering from shell shock (may have bias).

Diagnosed with shell shock May 1917

His mentor was Siegfried Sacroom.

Born March 18th 1895

Got shot in the head from friendly five and survived.

Said to have been written for his mother.

HIs poem is about the horror soldiers went through.

Killed in action one week before armistice which ended in the war.

He began experimenting with poetry at age 17.

Said to have a protective side for his family, maybe he wrote it to worn others.

Written to shock civilians who thought war was glorious.

“Normal isn’t a word that has any mean for soldiers any more”.

Said to have written some of the worlds best war poems.

Only famous after he died (Posthumous).

3 siblings.

Poetry went through dramatic changes during and after psychiatry, Catharsis.

All his war poem we written within one year.

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