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. The title is used in contrast with the first line. It is a shocking description of once young and healthy boys. 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knocked-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through the sludge.' This line shows the reader that the men are so tired and worn out by the war that they can be compared to 'old beggars'.
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.
In his poem “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, Wilfred Owen uses a title that sets the theme of the poem. He considers the young soldiers sent to the battlefield to be doomed. The setting is the war fronts at the time of World War I. Owen uses auditory imagery in the first stanza. One can feel Owen’s frustration, even anger, when he questions the futility of burial rituals in the first line, “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?” (line 1). He goes on with the auditory imagery with the sounds of guns and rifles raging in the battle; the sounds of choirs and prayers; and the bugles “calling for them from sad shires.” (line 8).
Strange Meeting ‘Strange Meeting’ by Wilfred Owen is a poem about a soldier in war who makes contact with the spirit of a dead soldier. The poem begins with the relief of a soldier as he escapes the war; but then realizes where he was when he sees the dead soldier. The spirit tells him that joining war is simply a waste of your life. The poem describes the cruelty and harshness of war, and what it’s like to be in it. Owen’s main aim was to open up the truth about war and the horrific and gruesome reality of being a soldier, contradicting the propaganda illustrating soldiers as heroic, honorable, and proud.
The sonnet form is commonly adopted by Owen to tersely present his numerous ideas and to evoke contemplation. The elegy, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, is written as a basic Shakespearean sonnet to mourn for the enormous loss of young soldiers from two distinct angles, the improper burials they obtained and the remembrance they deserve. The first two stanzas of ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ also adopt the sonnet form to explore two varying aspects of torment within war, the terrible conditions faced by all the men on a day-to-day basis and the sickening suffering of one particular youth. Owen uses this possible intertwining of contrasting thoughts within sonnets to emphasise that in every generation, there will always be different views with regard to the war. However, it is of key significance that the millions who died and suffered in this futility will be forever remembered.
First World War Poets The First World War poets were able to affect the emotions of their readers. Choose two or more poems that have affected you in some way, and analyse how the poets have achieved this affect. The subject of war is a delicate one to write about. However, Wilfred Owen expertly describes the horrors of conflict to his readers in a way few are able to. He conveys images and uses language in ways that can move the reader.
Picturing ‘old beggar under sacks’ tells us what war has done to them. It also tells us they are battle weary and scared of what is ahead of them. The use of similes in the first stanza allows the reader to understand the anguish of war. The poet is able to use words the words to paint a vivid and terrifying picture of trench warfare in the mind of the reader. The Hags is connected with the word beggers as they both outcasts in society.
He is showing what war does to people and how pointless war is. He also uses "bent-double" as hyperbole to create the impression of... ... middle of paper ... ...oems Owen appeals to the reader's sense of hearing "gargling" "wailing" and by doing this is able to show how horrific war was to him. Also in both poems Owen shows the reader's his views by conveying the helplessness of the people portrayed, both the soldier drowning in the gas attack in Dulce et decorum est and the "doomed youth" in the title of the second poem, knowing what was going to happen but not being able to do any thing about it. In conclusion I feel that both of these poems are effective in the way that they convey the realism of war in contrast to the glamorised version portrayed by some poets at that time and although they are both by the same poet they show the different emotions shown by people during the First World War challenging the ideas of the other poets of that time who had not experienced it.
A lighthearted, immature, jovial boy gets thrown into the terrors of war. In the poem “Suicide in the Trenches”, the mood goes from spring to winter, happy to depressed, this solider boy’s life was changed in the war. The solider boy was transformed by the trenches, just like millions of other men who had to deal with these same conditions. Erich Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, echoes many aspects and themes this poem holds. The novel goes in depth and displays how the soldiers were forced to suppress and disconnect themselves with their feelings to simply survive emotionally and focus on fighting.
My essay is about Wilfred Owen and his astounding ability of communicating the horrors of war. Wilfred Owen was born in Oswestry on 18th March 1883. Although he had previously thought of himself as a pacifist he enlisted in the artists Rifles and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant joining the Manchester regiment in France 1917. Whilst "serving his duty" in France he began to write poetically about his experiences and perceptions of war and its consequences. The creative aspect of his work is engendered from the intense personal experiences he was subject to during the war and are masterfully portrayed with brilliance through his poems.