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February 2019

Dulce et Decorum Est Literary Reflection

Choosing My W.W. Fenn Piece

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“For centuries, the horrors of war have been sculpted by artists so people would never forget.” — Jerry Speyer

 

    A poem cannot be a classic without a powerful message. I chose the poem Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen, because it has an incredibly powerful message. Memorizing Dulce et Decorum Est will be a challenge, but I will be able to manage it because it interests me. It has a powerful message that is meaningful, and that I can relate to. I was searching for the perfect poem to recite for W.W. Fenn, one better than the poem that I recited last year which was very meaningful to me. I decided to read through Dulce et Decorum Est because it had a Latin title. As I read the poem, I found the message powerful and the poem well-written; so, I decided to select it as my poem for W.W. Fenn. Dulce et Decorum Est is about the horrors of war and the deceitful propaganda used to promote joining the army: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori ( It is sweet and proper to die for one's country). I was able to relate to this message because there have been many times in my short life thus far that I have been deceived by someone embellishing the truth. Dulce et Decorum Est is a short, unforgettable poem, so it should be easy for me to memorize and recite. Its powerful message makes me excited to memorize it which can’t be said for past W.W. Fenn recitations. I hope to remember this poem, Dulce et Decorum Est, and its powerful message for the rest of my life.