Both the poems create a shocking contrast between before and after. In ‘Disabled’, Owen does so by alternating between the present and past tenses as well as change of tone from happy to sad and giving the reader a backstory of how the soldier ended up disabled by occasional flashbacks throughout the poem. What is horrifying...
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...ly difference being that in ‘Disabled’ the soldier feels that he is completely alone and will never be loved again due to his physical disability whereas in ‘Refugee blues’ , the refugees have each other as companions but, are emotionally isolated from the world around them since Hitler said that they are not people anymore and their passports have been taken away from them while all the doors have been shut on their faces “yet there’s no place for us , my dear, yet there’s no place for us’
In conclusion, both the poems represent the theme of pity of war successfully. However, I think we tend to sympathize more with the soldier in ‘disabled’ rather than the refugees in ‘Refugee blues’ due to the fact that it is written more realistically in comparison to ‘refugee blues’ which states a much generalized idea without going too in depth with the harsh details of war.
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