The Horror of Pity and War in Regeneration by Pat Barker and Collective Poems of Wilfred Owen

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The Horror of Pity and War in Regeneration by Pat Barker and Collective Poems of Wilfred Owen

Through reading ‘Regeneration’ by Pat Barker and Wilfred Owen’s
collection of poems, we see both writers present the horror and pity
of World War I in an effective way. ‘Regeneration’ shows us a personal
account of shell-shocked officer’s experience in the war. This links
with Wilfred Owen’s poems as they too show how war affects the
soldiers. Even though ‘Regeneration’ (a prose piece) and Wilfred
Owen’s poems (poetry) are similar, they both present different styles
as they are written at different times, a male and female perspective
and in different literacy forms. Barker has a much more objective view
of the war, as she hasn’t actually experienced it first hand in term
of being a soldier and she is removed in time. However, even though
she didn’t take part in he war, it was very much a part of her life,
which qualifies her to write about the horror and pity of the war. Pat
Barker explains in her interview () that her step father and grand
father were a part of the war, which effected her as she talks about
seeing the war wounds on her grand father’s shoulder and how her step
father was gassed and later he died of bronchitis. The writers use
different styles to allow the reader to understand the war because one
is a poet who was actually there and the other an author who wrote
much later. For the most part the reader views see things through the
eyes of William H. Rivers. Barker is keen to point out that she did
not wish to write about trench warfare pretending her narrator was
already there; (she calls this a’ psuedo – combatant novel’) t...

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... and dying for your country,
which links to his poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’. Both the novel and
Wilfred Owen’s poem link especially in ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ as
both Sassoon and Wilfred Owen worked together, through this we see
join of the two texts. Wilfred Owen also features in ‘Regeneration’ as
a patient in Craiglockhart hospital as he was an historic fact. Pat
Barker includes him in it not to change facts, but to find a creative
way around it. Barker joins both fiction and facts in her novel, which
we can see when Sassoon and Owen work on the poem together.

Both writers show the horror and pity of the war and they views on the
damaging effects in an effective way through the use of language,
style and perspectives of the war, showing us the readers and how it
affected the soldiers physically and mentally.

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