The trauma of war has intoxicated the soldiers.
After making this allusion, the poet devotes all of his efforts to proving it wrong. A sobering image. Hero Worship Everyone wants to be the hero.
Wilfred Owen's preface reads: "This book is not about heroes Between andover nine million people died. The speaker evokes a dream-like scenario, the green of the enveloping gas turning his mind to another element, that of water, and the cruel sea in which a man is drowning.
The opening scene is one of a group of soldiers making their weary way from the frontline "towards our distant rest" as bombs drop and lethal gas is released.
These make the poem's reading experience seem close to a casual talking speed and clarity.