Compare And Contrast Two Poems Of Your Choice Essay

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The two poems that I be comparing and contrasting in this essay are “Disabled” and “Mental Cases”, both by Wilfred Owen. They are both poems that are about the after-effects of the horrors caused by the First World War. In “Disabled”, Owen puts across the thoughts of a young man who has lost his limbs and been confined to a wheelchair after suffering injuries in the war. “Mental Cases”, on the other hand, describes soldiers who had developed post-traumatic stress after the war. Owen used his own experiences to assist him with this poem, as he himself spent time in a military hospital. The main theme that is explored in “Disabled” is what the horrors of war can do to a person's physical state. It is quite clear from the first line that the man described in the poem is in an awful state, as he is “sat in a wheeled chair”. This same line then says that he is “waiting for dark”. This, coupled with the next line (which describes how he shivers in his suit), suggests that the man in question is alone and isolated from everybody else. Similarly to “Disabled”, “Mental Cases” also describes war's personal after-effects, but in this case it is dealing with mental anguish. Using his own experiences, Wilson describes the mental effects that the war had had on other soldiers. The opening line, where Wilson asks “who are these? Why sit they here in twilight?”, suggests that the subject of the poem has no idea who anyone else around him is. This could be because he is either in a state of confusion, or he no longer recognises people. He notes that the other patients have “drooping tongues”, which is a stereotypical image of someone who is perceived as “mental”. The first three stanzas in “Disabled” do not have rhyming scheme, although there are the occasional lines that rhyme with each other. The first stanza contains six lines whilst the second and third consist of seven.

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