World War I, or the Great War, saw an astronomical number of casualties, due not only to combat, but from disease as well. The war snatched the soldiers from their normal lifestyles to battlefields infested with rats, insects, and unsanitary conditions. These unsanitary conditions, especially in the trenches, made it easy for disease to erupt and result in a huge number of deaths. The Great War is considered to be one of the bloodiest wars of all time, however, many of the casualties were a result of unsanitary conditions, deadly epidemics, and the poor medical treatment that was available. There were many causes for the deadly diseases, but a major cause came from exposure to the unhealthy conditions in the trenches.
Also, words like "guttering", "choking", and "drowning" shows us that the troops are suffering in extreme pain and misery. If you haven't noticed, most of these words are examples of cacophony, which are words with harsh and discordant sounds. As this poem is about how harsh and terrible war is, Owen's use of cacophony is very effective in generating the tone of the poem. Is it really that sweet to die for one's country?
For instance, in River Somme in France the ground is chalky and easily dug, but the trench walls crumble easily after rain so they were built up with wood and sandbags or other stable materials. In Ypres, Belgium the ground is wet and muddy and the water level is very high, because of this the trenches were not dug, but rather built up using sandbags and wood. In parts of Italy they were dig into rock, which was hard to do, but more sustainable to live in. In France the trenches ran through villages and towns, industrial works, farms, fields and canals. Trenches on the waterfront had to be drained often because of all the rain.
Owen serves as a great example of the losses that war brings. Many other poets, writers, and great minds were lost to the horrors and tragedies of war. Owen had a profound effect on the way that people view war and the events that take place. It also serves as a testament to what people involved with war had to go through, and what the survivors remember most of all, the sickening acts of voluntary torture.
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.
Soldiers faced other various diseases such as malaria, camp itch, typhoid and dysentery. Malaria which is a disease that can cause a high fever was brought into the camps by mosquitos. Conditions around the camp were damp and dark, which made it a breeding ground for mosquitos. The single greatest killer of soldiers was Dysentery. Dysentery is a severe form of diarrhea.
I think trench warfare was very deadly. I would not have wanted to be on the front line in one of the trenches unless I had to. The environment from where the trenches were and from all the bombing was impacted a lot. It killed off a lot of the wildlife and it also destroyed vegetation. It made people around where it was starve and cause a famine.
A lot of the fighting was trench warfare. The conditions of the trenches were horrible and disgusting. Trenches smelled like chemicals like creosol and chlorine that was used to keep diseases and infections from spreading. The smells of dead rotting flesh of men who died, men who had not showered in weeks or months, and the smell of sweat and sour feet odor was prevalent throughout the trenches. The stability of the trenches was not the greatest establishment for men to be living and fighting in because they could easily collapse due to rainfall.
The most devastating thing that went on in England was the World Wars. World War 1 is known for it trenches taking place in July of 1914 and, lasting until November of 1918. World War 2 was known for its bombs and took place in 1939 to 1945. The writers of the time seemed to agree that war was horrible, not honorable or proud. Isaac Rosenberg in his poem Break of Day in the Trenches talks about how horrible life was in the trenches, he explains how dirty and unlivable it was through the representation of a rat.
“A Wife in London” deals with the suffering... ... middle of paper ... ...ng in the tent and during the “War!” – “the part that is not for show”, “a very unhealthy trade” and “Orderly, clean this knife!”. These each have a way of opening a window into this little part of the war and gives us an understanding of how horrible it is, with the never-ending stream of casualties and reports back home in newspapers that are not allowed to show anything against war (“the part that is not for show”). Each of the three poems, haunts the reader after a reading or two, whether for good or for bad. They have made sure that I, as a reader, am totally against war, no matter how good the reasons are or how much glory it is given as in “The Charge of The Light Brigade”. I am against the waiting and mourning for those left behind as in “A Wife in London”.