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In 750-1000 words, conduct a detailed, thorough analysis of Wilfred Owen's "Dulce Et Decorum Est". Please make sure to clearly state and defend a specific thesis. (No outside sources necessary or allowed.)

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This brief discussion of Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce Et Decorum Est” analyzes the poem’s use of tools like similes, metaphors, quasi-alliteration, and connotative and denotative modes, but within a larger picture wherein the poem is an argument. That is, this essay looks at the poem as a visceral but carefully structured piece of persuasion: Behold the ruination of our soldiers, who are our men, our children; behold the ways in which they are ruined; take in the sort of horror which truly devastates them, not just in the moment but for the rest of their lives; then, finally, behold yourself, the ‘we’ responsible for that ruination, brought about by the oldest of nationalist, chauvinist (and masculine) lies...

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