It is a short verse to represent what his life had been reduced to after the war.
And finally, it is something done to young men by old men in order to play out their global games of pride and domination "Parable of the Old Man and the Young".
The last verse, verse six has a very depressing and pitiful mood.Wilfred Owens war poetry is used to shed light on the atrocities of war and reveal how war is not noble and glorious as patriotic propaganda portrayed it to be. The poetry is in the pity. The change of pace in Gas! It makes them able to see the horror of the war and society. Knowing that the soldier could not even appreciate innocent voices, the audience projects a great amount of sympathy towards the soldier. Through his use of imagery, rhythm and other effective techniques, Owen successfully conveys the true nature of war and allows us to experience the suffering and horrors that he and his fellow comrades alike endured in World War 1. It is painful, gross, ignoble, lingering "Dulce et Decorum est". There is no rigid rhyming structure, this may suggest that war is problematic; it cannot be put into a rigid structure. He wrote to his mother of his experiences and discussed what he had seen and done in the war with fellow soldier-poet Siegfried Sassoon. The next few lines have personification featured within them. This confusion is noticed by the reader as he asks questions to them due to what he had been through.
It is something that lacks ritual or glory or comfort or meaning "Anthem for Doomed Youth". In the third stanza Owen uses a great deal of vivid imagery to describe what soldiers go through at war which evokes a large amount of horror from the audience in response to war.
This suggests he wants to hide his maimed body in the dark. As the men are compared to hags, this quotation shows their loss of masculinity and therefore undermines the patriotic stereotypes of the time that war was heroic and masculine.
Furthermore it suggests that there is no glory in war.
Whereas the first three lines are about the happy past that the young soldier remembers. Owen was resolved to edify England on the actualities of war. He further emphasises this with the consonant t sound in stuttering, rattle, and patter.
Regarding this subject matter, he famously declared, "the poetry is in the pity". Owen was born on the 18th of March in Shropshire, England Closing the octet, Owen uses personification and bugles calling for them from sad shires, to both slow the pace and soften the tone: from bitter and rueful to sombre, preparing us for the transition to the sestet.