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Analysis Of The Last Laugh Poem

Owen wants his readers to think about the harsh conditions of war, and understanding the tragedy and sad emotions of soldiers who wouldn’t get the last laugh since many of them die. To reference the title of the poem, Wilfred describes the weapons getting the last laugh at the end of each stanza. In “The Last Laugh,” Owen identifies the way in which the weapons have more power versus religion, family, and love. According to line 3, “The Bullets chirped -- In vain, vain, vain!,” the bullets are mocking his religion. The weapons might have hit the soldier to make him curse at God and be in vain. Therefore, the soldier would be punished and the weapons would laugh at him. In line 4, “Machine guns chuckled -- Tut-tut! Tut-tut!,” the sound that…show more content…
The tone is bitter and intense in a realistic way. It is achieved by the vivid and gruesome images in the poem. Wilfred Owen 's use of imagery in this poem is by depicting emotional, nightmarish, and vivid words to capture the haunting encounters of WWI that soldiers went through. In the first stanza, Owen depicts his fellow soldiers struggling through the battlefield, but their terrible health conditions prevent them from their strong actions in the war. When Owen says, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags” (lines 1-2). This provides the readers with an unexpected view and appearance of soldiers, as they usually picture as strong, noble, and brawny-looking men. Soldiers sacrifice themselves to fight for their country and are exhausted from their unhealthy lifestyle. In lines 7-8, “Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots of gas-shells dropping softly behind,” they have lost the facade of humanity and their bodies are all wearied and weak on their march. This reveals a glimpse at the soldiers’ actions, as well as inferring to a psychological effect of the war. Then in line 5, “Men marched asleep,” the author is making abnormality to be one of the major purposes of the war, that it…show more content…
He became widely recognized as a British poet for his experience and impressions upon World War I. He was the eldest out of the four in his family. His father worked in the railway, and his mother was strict in her religious beliefs yet still had affection for her children. In Owen’s christian household, they practiced biblical themes and teachings. They seem to be a very close-knit family and protect each other. He also utilized Christian imagery in his poetry as well as strengthening his faith in his religion. After serving in the war regiment for eight months, he teamed up with a fellow officer to design an improvement of the gas mask. Then a year later, he wrote the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est,” in which an episode of the lethal gas occurs that kills soldiers. According to the Encyclopedia of World Biography it says, “Although the poem describes the senseless horrors of war, its title ironically evokes a Latin quotation from Horace: "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori," or "Sweet and decorous it is to die for one 's country."” When he suffered a concussion from a fall and later was diagnosed with shell shock and trench fever, he went back home to England for further care. His own impression of the war reveals to be bitter since he struggled a lot and was injured severely. In that time he was recovering, Owen met “Siegfried Sassoon, an army captain and an established poet who wrote passionately of his
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