Dulce et Decorum Est Poem by Wilfred Owen
In order to understand and appreciate poetry readers need to be aware of subtleties of the language used.
For Owen’s famous war poem we have created an extensive vocabulary list with English definitions and space for notes such as translations into the EAL learners’ first languages, a prose version of the situation captured in the poem and pictures which can be linked to words and phrases used by Owen.
This resource does not intend to compete with the numerous interpretations and analyses that are available for this poem. It focuses on establishing a sound understanding of the text, which should be the basis for all interpretation and analysis of the language and poetic devices. It is addressed towards EAL learners, but it might be useful for the whole class as native speakers as well as EAL learners are likely to struggle with the density of the language.
On the right hand side of this page are a number of documents that you can download for free. Please note that the Teaching Notes and Resources can be found in the pdf document (the first item on the list), whilst the PowerPoint document(s) include(s) presentation(s) which you can display on your interactive board in your classroom.
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