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1

What is it about

Wilfred Owen describes a gas attack in the trenches during WW1 This poem is anti war

2

Who is the poet

Wilfred Owen

3

What are the themes

War
Pain
Death
Decay
Lies
Conflict
Anger

4

What’s the structure

4 uneven stanzas. The first two male a sonnet. Last stanza directed to the reader. Punctuation changes the pace of the poem. Choppy and uneven- reflects how warfare in unpredictable. Powerful verbs, use of the senses and onomatopoeia

5

Context?

Men were eager to sign up, but propaganda was needed to recruit them. Response to the poem Jesse Pope wrote ‘who’s for the game?’

6

‘Bent double like beggars under sacks’

A big, limping opening sentence, reflects the endless weariness of the soldiers. Aged prematurely. Ragged uniforms

7

‘Men marched asleep’

So tired it’s as if they’re drunk or asleep, shows extreme exhaustion- war has broken these men

8

‘Gas! Gas! Quick boys!’

Short sentences mark a change of pace. Sense of urgency, soldiers scrambling for their masks. Shows how close to death they are all the time.

9

‘At every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth- corrupted lungs’

Uses gruesome imagery to emphasise the horrific consequences of the gas attack

10

‘The old lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori’

It is sweet and fitting to die for your county. Highlights that war is cruel, degrading and horrifying