Dulce et Decorum Est: an Old Lie
Wilfred Owen's Poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" is an argument that the story we tell of glorious battle is an "old lie." Owen uses images of pain and suffering to tell the real story of war and explain that it is not sweet or fitting to die for one's country. Repetition is also used to emphasize images and help convince his audience that if we saw what soldiers saw, we "would not tell with such a high zest. . ./The old lie: Dulce et Decorum est/ Pro patria Mori."