Dulce et Decorum Est
by Wilfred Owen
Dulce et Decorum Est Warfare Quotes
How we cite our quotes: line
"…deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind" (7-8).
"Five-Nines" are gas shells, the dropping of which starts off the action of the rest of the poem. The fact that even the shells seem "tired" and "outstripped" suggests that the war might be dragging on too long.
"Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;" (9-10)
The exclamations at the beginning of line 9 speed up the pace of the poem, bringing us into the action with all the drama that the soldiers themselves experience. The hyphen in the middle of the line reinforces this urgency, moving through the pause in the middle of the line as if it, too, is suddenly sped up.