Primary Source

Logan Stelzer
Hist 102
Sec 4
  1) The primary source, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, is a poem and one of this authors best poems.
  2) The primary source was created in 1918.
  3) The primary source, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, was created in the United Kingdom.
  4) Wilfred Owen was the creator of the primary source, “Dulce et Decorum Est”.
  5) “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” basically means it is sweet and right to die for your country. This is why it is considered an “old lie”. This whole poem is about soldiers dying from poisonous gas. Like in line 2 “Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge” and line 6 “But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame, all blind” explain how this is a lie. These soldiers are getting tortured with poisonous gas serving for their country. Getting tortured is not sweet and is not a right way to die while serving your country. If Wilfred Owen survived one more week till the war ended, he possibly could have made some of the best war poetry ever.
  6) Yes they all play a role in this poem. Courage, loyalty, duty, and patriotism are all basically the same idea, but I think patriotism would be the best choice of the four words for the theme. This poem is all about soldiers being patriotic or loyal to their country and died by torture, trying to protect their country. Like in the last two lines that means, it is sweet and right to die for your country, or in other words be patriotic. The people back at home can’t believe what the soldiers have to go through to survive. Meanwhile the soldiers are losing track of why they are even fighting the war. Losing the lives of many innocent soldiers. The poem itself is unpatriotic because it is explaining all the harsh conditions these soldiers are being put through. Many of these soldiers are young men or even children.   “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest; To children ardent for some desperate glory” shows how they are resorting to younger men to fight the...