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War Poetry

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War Poetry World War one was a great impact for many people. Even the way they thought. The poet Wilfred Owen expressed himself in many famous poems. For many, his poems symbolize the experience of the 'Great War'. Wilfred Owen was a remarkable young man. When he died he was around 25 years old, but his poetry has proved enduring and influential and is among the best known in the English language. All his poems seem to rhyme. He left behind a unique testament to the horrific impact of the First World War on an entire generation of young soldiers. Owens's work leaves one with an enduring sense of the tragedy of war. Owen used his strong sense of indignation to create a feeling of compassion for all the soldiers. As Owen himself experienced a deep horror and disgust at the reality of war. In the trenches he realized how horrific the war was and started to make notes about the conditions. He would attempt to fix the scenery of the war firmly in the mind of the reader and in this way more expressively stress the tremendous suffering that constitutes 'the pity of war'. There was no glory in war for Owen. One of his poems is the great anti-patriotic verse Dulce Et Decorum Est. Arguably it is a fine example of his narrative, first person poems, written through his own eyes and based on his own experiences and views of the war. In this poem we are shown the disapproving side of war. Whereas some other poems make the war seem like a game and that you would be missing out on a big opportunity if you don't go, when really you would be better off secure at home. This poem was in order to inform people about the terror, anguish and torment which was experienced during the war. The poem really describes the blindness, evil, sufferings, deaths and the disgust of the war. The first words are of a Latin saying. The words were widely understood and often quoted at the start of the First World War.
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