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Interpret the Second Half of a Poem : 'Dulce Et Decorum Est'

In this worksheet, students will read the second part of the poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen and answer questions about how the writer is trying to influence the reader. Students should ensure they have read the first part before attempting this worksheet.

Worksheet Overview

Before doing this activity, please complete the one on the first part of this poem. The activity is number 2852 and is called Answer Questions on a Poem: 'Dulce Et Decorum Est'


Having done that, we can then read the second half of the famous Wilfred Owen poem below.






If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.




Now answer the following questions on the extract. If you need to read it again just click on the red help button on the screen.

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