Dulce et Decorum Est
by Wilfred Owen
Dulce et Decorum Est Suffering Quotes
How we cite our quotes: line
"But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime..." (11-12)
Lime, or quicklime, is a chemical compound that can burn through the human body (sort of like fire). Referring to death by fire or lime allows Owen to describe the horrors of gassing as both natural and unnatural suffering…it's like fire and lime-burns combined.
"In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning." (15-16)
Because the trio of verbs in line 17 are gerunds (verb forms that end in –ing), we get the sense that the action is in the present tense. The speaker's comrade dies over and over in his dream, making the suffering of wartime casualties never-ending.