My Subject is War and the Pity of War. (Wilfred Owen)
Wilfred Owen is considered as one of the greatest war poets of all time. His poems speak of the viciousness of war. Looking at the poems, “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “Anthems for Doomed Youth”, it will be evident that Owen uses various techniques such as vivid imagery, compelling similes and irony to shock his readers and get his point across. Owen engages his audience and doesn’t hesitate to describe vividly the ugliness and waste of war.
I value Wilfred Owens poetry because he writes from a personal perspective, as he was in trenches, experiencing firsthand the trauma and brutality of was on a daily basis.
“Dulce Et Decorum Est” is a magnificent and gruesome description of a gas attack suffered by a group of soldiers during World War 1.
At the start of the poem, Owen introduces us to the utter   exhaustion felt by   the soldiers, through the use of the simile “like old beggars under sacks” not only does this   illustrates the difficulty of the soldiers advancing through the sludge, but also shows the dreadful conditions that war brings. We feel sympathy for the soldiers who are exhausted that they “marched asleep” and were “drunk with fatigue”.
Owen creates the impression that war is like a nightmare as he starts the second stanza with an explosion of warning and command: “Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!” the frantic rush to place on the masks that will ultimately save them from certain death, those who have been quick enough are forced to watch the agony of one who was not.

The sheer horror of what unfolds is created by a vivid description and graphic detail. “Guttering, choking, drowning” describing the horrendous and appalling sights before their eyes and those of the audience, as the soldier inhales the toxic gas. The pace accelerates and the tone sharpens as Wilfred Owen dramatically re-encounters the scene.

Owen ends the poem with “The old lie: Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori” meaning it is sweet and...