The title itself reminds us that the subject is never again seen as a human, but just a disability. Also, the author purposely does not name the protagonist, just referring to the subject as “he” for others to relate. There is the universal quality as soldiers world-wide suffered the same pain and torture as the subject of this poem. The purpose of the poem was to warn the public of the realities of war and educate them on the falseness of propaganda as the poem was published before the end of World War I. Wilfred Owen joined the war at the age of twenty-two. During the war, he saw the worst of the battlefield and often wrote poetry to document his perspective on the war.
Strange Meeting ‘Strange Meeting’ by Wilfred Owen is a poem about a soldier in war who makes contact with the spirit of a dead soldier. The poem begins with the relief of a soldier as he escapes the war; but then realizes where he was when he sees the dead soldier. The spirit tells him that joining war is simply a waste of your life. The poem describes the cruelty and harshness of war, and what it’s like to be in it. Owen’s main aim was to open up the truth about war and the horrific and gruesome reality of being a soldier, contradicting the propaganda illustrating soldiers as heroic, honorable, and proud.
He believes that where an English man dies while fighting for his country will fall and where they fall means that, that part of land is English. While Brooke mentions nothing of the pain and of death and the unpleasant ways soldiers die in war, in Dulce et Decorum Est, Owen shows the horrific consequences of war. Owen seems to show the misery of war by setting the scene effectively he does this by saying, "In all ... ... middle of paper ... ...e begging of war ever one was very optimistic that we would win the war quickly and efficiently. Brooke's poem also gives the people at home the feeling that if one of their men dies it is not the end. In contrast Owen's poem attacks the idealistic and romantic view put forward by Brooke.
Whilst experiencing the horrors of war and how futile it was, Owen frequently wrote back home to his mother. Owens letters to his mother Susan Owen were an insight to his life in war, and he expressed the horrors of war by describing what other soldiers went through, this illu... ... middle of paper ... ...n the readers mind. Owen starts to talk about the creation of the world, the alliteration of the ‘clays of the cold star’ emphasises the sense of coldness before life began. In war death overcomes soldiers who become weak, therefore soldiers have no life to carry on and joining war becomes pointless, if death was going to overtake them. In conclusion Wilfred Owen has successfully reached his points across about futility.
Towards the end of the poem, Owen symbolizes the tragic end of the dead soldiers when h... ... middle of paper ... ...ot someone who condones war or finds it acceptable. He makes his point wondering about the fate of his son, “Will I listen to his war stories / or cry into his open grave?” (line 20, 21). The subject of war provides abundant opportunities to poets to express their views in a way most relevant to human experience. In the four poems discussed above, none of the poets appear to accept the inevitability of war. Instead, we see views clearly opposed or barely hesitant about this issue that humans have experienced throughout history.
I think Owen has done this so that he can lead up to the last line where he is urging people back at home to cease telling their children the "old lie" and to me this is effective. Stanza three is writing about the tragedy of war; it says "Obscene as cancer", and I think this is a useful simile because it is something that people back at home, reading the poetry, could relate to. Another theme of this poem is death; there are many occasions in which Owen talks about death. I have chosen "guttering, choking, drowning" as an example because it portrays an image of a horrific and painful way of dying. Another example of death is “white eyes writhing in his face, his hanging face” this is effective to me because the use of repetition emphasises the state in which the soldier is in, and draws a vivid images in the readers mind.
Picturing ‘old beggar under sacks’ tells us what war has done to them. It also tells us they are battle weary and scared of what is ahead of them. The use of similes in the first stanza allows the reader to understand the anguish of war. The poet is able to use words the words to paint a vivid and terrifying picture of trench warfare in the mind of the reader. The Hags is connected with the word beggers as they both outcasts in society.
Wilfred Owen talks about soldiers that do not want to die for their own country. He doesn't speak in a patriotic way as in "The soldier", but he tells more about the soldiers suffering. He describes how soldiers go to war thinking that it will be a fu... ... middle of paper ... ...one of darkness, fear, suffering and terror. Between the poetic devices used there are two imagery (one example is: If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood of froth-corrupted lung obscene as cancer bitter as the cud. ), there are some similes( one example is: Bent double like old beggars under sacks.)
Wilfred Owen was a teacher who fought from the begging of the ‘Great War’. Owen himself displayed a contrasting attitude as the war progressed through his poems. Before he signed up, he shared the view of the British public, and wrote ‘Ballad of Peace and war’ in 1914. He thought that peace was good but it was better to fight for the country. By 1917, his poetry had changed from blind patriotic disillusion and encouragement, to bitterness and anger.
The speaker, a spectator at Peter’s funeral, hears snide comments still being thrown toward the deceased. People were saying that Peter deserved to die and that he was asking for it. The voice of the paper then points out that an afterlife of acceptance is better than a life of being an outsider. The theme of “Tiara” by Mark Doty is death is an escape from the judgment of people on Earth. Even in death, Peter cannot escape ridicule.