'Dulce et Decorum Est,' by Wilfred Owen and the poem 'To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars,' by Richard Lovelace,
Many of the metaphors and epithets utilized by Owen are not common and look like the author’s lucky innovation. For example, the scene of a man drowning in the poisoning gas is described by the information which can be received by different senses: green dim light is compared with the smothering waters of a deep sea; the sounds are “guttering” and “choking” – stuttering and gurgling, similar to a candle flickering or a gutter with water draining through it. These similes strengthen the feeling of disgust and horror, as the air is full of monsters and fear. Powerful and uncompromising poetic devices in their rich variety help the author to depict the loathsome and brutal experience of death in war.
Not only the lexical devices are working, but phonetic devices are effective as well: the attention of the reader is described and chained by alliteration. For instance, the line “And watch the white eyes writhing in his face” with sound [w] repeated reminds deafening howling and wailing of sinister wind or some insatiable beast. At the same time they assist the author in the mood of mourning and lamenting for the perished. Confronting images are stocking in the reader’s mind. Eloquent are the similes used by Owen: the face of a suffering soldier is compared with “a devil’s sick of sin”; the blood coming from “froth-corrupted lungs” is described as “obscene s