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Diction in Strange Meeting

Diction Examples in Strange Meeting:

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"profound dull tunnel..."   (Text of the Poem)

The speaker describes his means of escape from the battlefield as a tunnel, “profound” and “dull.” In context, “profound” means exceptionally deep, and “dull” implies the absence of any sensory stimulation. Owen’s diction, or word choice, suggests an otherworldly experience that is further described in the lines that follow.

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