How Owen Portrays the Reality of War in Two of His Poems.

Explore how Owen portrays the reality of war in two of his poems.
Owen expresses his views of war in these two poems, Exposure and Dulce et Decorum Est. Both poems portray the reality of war in trench warfare. In Exposure, Owen described how “nothing happens” in trench warfare during the winter. In Dulce et Decorum Est, he illustrates the agony of being a trench soldier. In these poems, Owen gives us a vivid picture of the reality of war in trenches.
Both poems start with a strong imagery. In “Dulce et Decorum Est”, similes are used to show the condition of the soldiers. The soldiers are “like old beggars under sacks” and “coughing like hags”. The alliteration emphasizes the coughing sound. Sound imagery is also used to describe the soldier where they are “cursed through sludge” and could not even hear the “hoots”. Conversely, in “Exposure”, no metaphors or similes are used. Instead, Owen used the assonances and consonances to express the long “iced east winds”. The sharp assonance “i” sound reinforce the “winds that knive” the soldiers. The soft and long consonance “w” and “s” suggests that the winter is long and the soldiers are “wearied”. Ellipses are used to reemphasize the never-ending wind and winter.
In “Exposure”, used only one simile to illustrate how boring it was to hear gun fire that is “like a dull rumor of some other war”. On the other hand, Owen used more metaphors in “Dulce et Decorum Est”. He told us how the soldiers we are so “fatigue” that the walk like drunks. The soldier were also “drowning” in gas and “floundering like a man in fire or lime”. He also showed us how war was “obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud” and also describing the death and agonies of soldier at the same time. However in “Exposure”, Owen used personifications to portray the sufferings of being a soldier in the winter. He told us how dawn was miserable and massing to the soldiers. Repetition of “But nothing happens” in the line of 4 stanzas highlights how...