In this essay, I have decided to analyse two poems by the war poet
Wilfred Owen, taken from his writings on the First World War. Both of
these poems ('Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth')
portray Owen's bitter angst towards the war, but do so in very
Owen developed many of his poetic techniques at Craiglockhart Military
Hospital, where he spent much of the war as an injured soldier, but it
was only through the influence of fellow soldier and poet, Siegrfried
Sassoon, that he began capturing his vivid visions of the war in the
form of poetry. Many would argue that it was while writing his war
poems, that Owen felt most able to express his ideas on paper, and he
certainly was one of the greatest war poets to have ever lived.
Arguably his most famous poem, 'Dulce et Decorum Est', 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. Using four
clear stanzas, the poem uses standard, alternate rhyming lines. A
slow, painstaking rhythm is established at the beginning of the poem
through Owen's use of heavy, long words and end-stop lines, in order
to illustrate just how slow and painstaking the war was. The pace then
quickens during the final stanza (a rhythm achieved by the use of
lines with fewer syllables and run-on endings), so that it contrasts
with Owen's poignant conclusion given in the last four lines, drawing
our attention to this particular point, the whole meaning of the poem
as far as the poet is concerned.
"If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Bitter as the cud."
In contrast, the second of Owen's poe...
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...g off, but not, for the words are too
important and too full of meaning for any reader to scan over. The
funeral is over, and the rhetorical question that the poet asked at
the beginning of the final stanza has been answered, and the noise has
vanished. All is now quiet.
"And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds."
The long, heavy, alliterative 'd' sounds really do drag the ending on,
and draw the poem to a deliberate close.
So these two poems of Wilfred Owen are not completely contrasting, but
are very different in many ways, and even if those differences are
extremely subtle, without them the poems would never be able to fulfil
their purpose. Whether it be to argue a case, or simply to enlighten
the reader, neither would be possible without Owen's extensive
knowledge and use of various poetical techniques and the context that
he puts them in.
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