Discuss How Owen Expresses His Conflicting Feeling Essay

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Wilfred Owen wrote Apologia Pro Poemate Meo in response to a letter regarding the pessimistic nature of his poetry. On its surface, the poem celebrates the comradeship, and determination of the soldiers who fought, but on a deeper level, Owen tries to express his inner feelings towards the war. On 31 October 1918, Owen wrote to his mother. In this letter he said, "Of this I am certain, you could not be visited by a band of friends half so fine as surround me here." These words would be the last Owen ever wrote to his mother as he was killed shortly after writing it, but the letter does convey the sense that the one thing that the war could not destroy was the relationships the soldiers built with each other, and as a body, united. The poem centers on comradeship, but also attacks, rather bitterly those who are not fighting. The poem seems to be more optimistic that most of Owens poetry, though whether this optimism is well founded is not clear. However, the rhyme scheme, regular stanzas and rhythm seem to lift the poem above the darkness that characterises much of Owens poetry. The poem is, for lack of a better phrase, easier to read than much of his work, and as a result of this, we are given a sense of optimism. The regular alternating couplet rhyme scheme gives the words a smoothness, which may suggest truth. However, the words also seem somewhat forced. When Owen writes, “I, too, saw God through mud” it seems that he is using the pronoun to make the poem seem more personal. However, many of Owens other poems, such as The Sentry and Dulce Et Decorum Est adopt similar techniques, and unlike them, this poem seems to not be rooted in detailed personal experience. This suggests that Owen is making a conscious effort to write an optimistic poem, even though he does not have experience to write of, first-hand. The repetition of “I, too” suggests that Owen is anxious

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