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.
According to Longman, poetry is a piece of writing, arranged in pattern of lines and of sounds, expressing some thought, feeling, or human experience in language full of imagination (Santi: 2010). By the similar definition, Wordsworth defines poetry as expression of imaginative feeling, or invention feeling (Fadila: 2011). Shelley stated that poetry is the record of every second of impression events such as moment of happiness, romance, disaffection, even sadness that is caused by the death of beloved people. From those statements it can be known that poetry is literary work that convey the authors’ thoughts and feelings, and it directs the readers into their imagination world for imagining the phenomena happen in that poetry. Thus, poetry can tell stories, draw pictures, and describe something.
Sassoon nearly avo... ... middle of paper ... ...e poem, a dead soldier in the afterworld where he is confronted by men he killed in battle. throughout Sassoon's writing, understand his own growing sense of guilt over men he himself killed in war. along with men he kills in the poem, men who have died because of the war are all there. the soldier realizes that all of these men are victims of a war known to kill everything he loves. being dead the soldier gains compassion towards the other men.
The poems theme is taken on and created throughout the use of many poetic devices and appeals such as imaginative appeal, sensual appeal as well as intellectual appeal. In the first stanza, Owen sets the scene through the use of imaginative appeal. This stanza contains a lot of simile and metaphors that show the readers how crushed these men are physically and mentally. The line “Till on the haunting flares we turned ours backs” suggests that Soldiers are turning their back to the lights of the battle field. Being exhausted, their knees are touching, “knock-kneed”, tired of supporting their heavy backpack he compares the condition of the poor soldiers to “old beggars” and “hags”, “like old beggars under sacks”.
To the general public soldiers were seen as heroes but the first line of this poem ruins that image by describing the soldiers as “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”. This line creates a grim image of the soldiers portraying them to be weak and helpless. Other similes are used to create a similar effect in this poem. Another line, which relates to a soldier, is “His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin” ============================================== Which shows how fed up and emotionally tired this particular soldier must ... ... middle of paper ... ...motionally and most likely physically scared. The war should be known for its true meaning and not the fake outside look of it.
Sassoon builds the depressed feeling the trenches has brought with it, “ In wi... ... middle of paper ... ...solider boy allowed himself to get to a place of depression, he was just a boy, and he couldn’t handle the constant fear. In Suicide in the Trenches, a simple solider loses his youth and in the novel Paul says, “He is right we are not youth any longer…we had begun to love life and the world; and we had shoot it to pieces.” (87-88) This quote shows how this generation of men is lost. In the poem the solider felt the only thing to end his fear was to take his own life. The men in the novel come terms to the fact they aren’t boys anymore, because no boy should ever have to experience these horrors. In the poem, Siegfried Sasson uses structure, emotional connections, imagery, and devices to display the theme of the lost generation and the realities of war, a theme that is mimicked in, All Quiet on the Western Front.
He believes that war only causes problems for the families. He does not think war is good especially since the young are not treated properly before and after their deaths. Through great imagery and literary devices Owen is able to take us into his perspective and show us how war has impacted the soldiers and the families of the young lost ones.
Print. Kelly, David. “Sonnet 43.” Poetry for Students. Ed. Napiekowski, Marie Rose.