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).
Wilfred Owen The poems written by Wilfred Owen are about the horrors, the ugliness, the suffering and the countless tragedies that war has brought. The anti-war them and serious tone used in his poems is extremely effective at portraying ear as horrid and devastating. The detailed descriptions of blood, guts and death are overpowering. In the poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est', Owen stresses how war should not be glorified or glamorised. The title meaning 'It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country' is used satirically because the poem describes the horror and agony that the soldiers endured during their time in the trenches.
This is best shown when Owen describes the men as ‘Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sledge,’. At first glance, the poem is illustrated almost like a sudden climax, to imply that Owen wants to ponder on what he wants the readers to hear in order to make them act in response. The phrase ‘Bent double, like an old beggar’ has a simile which reinforces it with a powerful use of imagery, to imply that the conditions in the trenches was atrocious, that had led to the soldiers youthfulness and masculinity being demolish... ... middle of paper ... ... other poets like, Jessie Pope. As mutually, both paint similar themes of Britain that aims to inspire awareness and the patriotic feelings in the readers. Rupert Brooke presents these pleasant imageries through it written in a sonnet form (a love poem).
By use of gripping words and vivid descriptions, Owen paints incredible pictures of what World War I was really like. He tears away the glory and drama and reveals the real essence of fighting: fear, torture, and death. No longer are we left with good feelings and pretty phrases like "Liberty and justice for all!" Instead, our hearts grieve over what these soldiers had to suffer through. Every line of the poem rebuts the Roman poet Horace's quotation: "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori--It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country."
23 Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud 24 Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-- They create a tangible entity for the reader. They show the truth of the creature of war——cancerous, bitter, incurable——and its eternal, undignified effect on the innocent. Owen uses plural pronouns and the past tense to describe what cannot be undone. He uses "we" and "our" to include the reader as part of the ill-equipped troops——as tired marchers and witnesses to death and pain.
The first stanza sets the scene and show what the soldiers would be feeling at the time. The men's condition at the time was so wretched th... ... middle of paper ... ...are a repeat of the title, and also and added line to clarify the actual meaning of the poem. Owen mocks the idea of war being an honorable and nationalistic way to support ones country as he describes a situation in which death is detailed in gruesome detail. This poem is harsh, yet effective in displaying the acts of war and the affect the it has on all of the people involved, especially the foot soldiers who served in the front line, the trenches. Owen serves as a great example of the losses that war brings.
The poet changes his tone of voice to angry and bitter, as he explains and describes the horrifying image that happened around him in the war. The poet describes the soldier in such a disturbing and painful manner; Owen uses similes and metaphors to describe the condition. The poet opens stanza one with a powerful and strong metaphor: “Bent double” It shows the awful physical description of soldiers, hunch over, carrying equipment, exhausted, broken and shattered. The poem is a contrast to the title. This is supported further by the use of another simile that is used to describe the men in the war: “Like old beggars” this is a very horrific description of the soldiers returning from the front line.
Wilfred Owen can be considered as one of the finest war poets of all times. His war poems, a collection of works composed between January 1917, when he was first sent to the Western Front, and November 1918, when he was killed in action, use a variety of poetic techniques to allow the reader to empathise with his world, situation, emotions and thoughts. The sonnet form, para-rhymes, ironic titles, voice, and various imagery used by Owen grasp the prominent central idea of the complete futility of war as well as explore underlying themes such as the massive waste of young lives, the horrors of war, the hopelessness of war and the loss of religion. These can be seen in the three poems, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ and ‘The Last Laugh’, in which this essay will look into. The sonnet form is commonly adopted by Owen to tersely present his numerous ideas and to evoke contemplation.
The poet Wilfred Owen has created and described images in great detail. He creates the horrific images of war and the soldier's pain. The poem begins, 'Bent double. Like old beggars under sacks' Which instantly has great impact on my feelings and creates the image of the young soldier's hunched backed in pain and agony carrying enormous packs, walking slowly and haggard like old women. The pain that the soldiers are feeling is shown 'Knock-kneed, coughing like old hags, we cursed through sludge' implying that the soldiers were cold and afraid and feeling very ill... ... middle of paper ... ...ormat to write a war poem in.
Owen repeats the phrase, “why don’t they come” to emphasise the soldier’s pity and desperation. The First World War has left soldiers suffering even after the war. Many had suffered from not only physical, but mental disorders as well. As a result of this, soldiers have been dehumanised by society. Owen’s brilliant execution on a wide variety of contrasts have made ‘Disabled’ a brutally effective poem.