He got his first taste of battle twelve days later in the bitterly cold weather of January. Owen took part in numerous battles between then and 2nd May when he was taken seriously ill and was eventually sent back to England on 16th June 1917 where he was told he was out of action for six months. It was here that he first met Siegfried Sassoon. Siegfried encouraged Owen to write about his war experiences and so he started to do this in the form of his poetry. He started to write poems and send them with his letters to his mother some of his first were: Anthem for Doomed Youth and Dulce Et Decorum Est.
Paul explains the bloodiest battle against the French, which resulted in hundreds of casualties. At this point, it becomes clear that Germany is losing the war, and is running out of adult men able to fight. After this horrific battle, Paul was able to go home for a couple of days. Seeing his family again made him happy however, he had to maintain an emotional distance to prepare himself for returning to the trenches. When back on the front, he is faced with an experience he had never had before, killing a man.
This meant that he got involved in the war and during the war he sustained a severe head injury, which led him to suffer the rest of his life in hospital. During the stay at the hospital he started to write poems about war. He became an anti-war poet because he witnessed the reality and the suffering of war. Owen wanted to show the world how ruthless war was through his emotional poems. The injuries he sustained during the war finally killed him in 1917 at the age of just 24.
From early in the war, in May of 1914, Blunden recalled his experience in the trenches of France. Structured with sandbag walls, the Old British Line in which the men were stationed was only a frail comfort, as the trenches were often only one row deep with no additional protection against debris caused by artillery shells. Communication between the between the front line and the Old British Line was provided some covered by through the Cover Trench, although Prior’s account of returning from The Island, the front line, states that he had to pause every two minutes to lay in a ditch along the road to avoid the infamous German machine guns. The Germans bombarded the Cover Trench with heavy fire and large shells over the farmhouse and its residents, including children. Because the Germans were known for using gas, Blunden and his men underwent training to prepare for attacks.
Although war is often seen as a waste of many lives, poets frequently focus on its effect on individuals. Choose two poems of this kind and show how the poets used individual situations to illustrate the impact of war. I am going to compare and contrast the two poems ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy. They both give a view of war. Owen gives first hand experiences he witnessed whilst fighting in World War One and where he unfortunately died one week before the war came to an end.
On this is based all his war poetry. In August 1918, after his friend, the other Great War poet, Siegfried Sassoon had been severely injured and sent back to England, Owen returned to France war was still as horrid as before. The butchery war ended on November 11th, 1918 at 11 o clock. Seven days before, Owen had been killed in one of the last vain battles of this war. The situation of Dulce et Decorum est s a tragic situation.
Conditions in the trenches were shocking. Soldiers had to live there in all weathers. In winter, trenches flooded, and sometimes froze. The outcome of wet conditions and poor hygiene had left soldiers suffering from ‘trench foot’. Whilst experiencing the horrors of war and how futile it was, Owen frequently wrote back home to his mother.
Each time he had some fault to find and pulled it to pieces” (26). Here Baumer describes how his commanding officer makes him do over a simple task over and over for absolutely no reason. Throughout the middle of the book Baumer saw many actions that were pointless acts of war. His company was ordered to guard an abandoned village, which happened to have a few supplies but still a large waste of manpower. When Baumer was at the front the officers had the troops charge the enemies trenches, only to have the soldiers mowed down by machine gun fire.
A Stillness at Appomattox “All up and down the lines the men blinked at one another, unable to realize that the hour they had waited for so long was actually at hand. There was a truce…” Bruce Catton’s Pulitzer prize winning book A Stillness at Appomattox chronicles the final year of the American Civil War. This book taught me a lot more about the Civil War than I ever learned through the public school system. Bruce Catton brought to life the real day to day life of the soldiers and the generals who led them into battle. The day to day life for the regular soldier was not glorious.
Wilfred, noticing the luminous effect of buttercup petals on brother Harold's boots, announced piously, "Harold's boots are blessed with gold." Wilfred Owen is trying to tell the reader that the soldiers have to go through the horrific battle of war again and again, hour after hour. The soldiers have no time to relax which means nature has left the soldiers and they can’t have any freedom like before. Wilfred Owen has been through this himself and he has been in great danger if dieing and he did just after war ended. Owen tells the reader that once you join the army/war you can’t go back you have to fight day and night for you country there is no sleep and only time you will feel relaxed or free from war is when you die.