“Dulce et Decorum est” was a poem written by Wilfred Owen between 1917 and 1918. Owen was a soldier during the first world war, also known as the great war.
Wilfred Owen wrote this poem while he was fighting at Craiglockhart during world war one. The poem describes the actions and the tension of the soldiers while they were being attacked with mustard gas. Mustard gas was a poisonous gas that was used to weaken the enemy defenses and had awful effects if breathed. It could even bring horrible death.
In my opinion, this antiwar poem shows the real face of war. Owen lived in such a complicated period, he saw his allies dying right in front of his eyes, so he tries to give us an idea of the consequences that war has.
There are no benefits that someone can get through war. Even the winner has lost so many soldiers, so many human lives, that it just isn’t worth it. That’s why I really liked this poem because it shows an ugly truth. Below you can find a video with the recitation of the poem as well as the poem itself.
Dulce et Decorum est