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Teaching Dulce et Decorum Est

Dulce et Decorum Est

"Dulce et Decorum est" is a poem written by poet Wilfred Owen in 1917 during World War I, and published posthumously in 1920. The text presents a vignette from the front lines of World War I; specifically, of British soldiers attacked with chlorine gas. In the rush when the shells with poison gas explode, one soldier is unable to get his mask on in time.

Wilfred Owen
Public Domain

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How does the author use descriptive language to emphasize the horror of war?
STANDARDS:
RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.5 - Text Structure

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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