How is conflict presented in the poems Futility and The Charge of the Light Brigade? The title of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Futility’ captures the dominant sense of uselessness and helplessness in relation to conflict, felt by the soldiers in the face of their comrade’s recent death. The poem focuses on the effect of conflict and is focused on an injured, probably dead soldier. Owen uses this soldier to question to point of life being created it can be destroyed so easily. In contrast Tennyson’s Charge depicts a disastrous battle during the Crimean War and therefore shows the disbelief and horror of conflict.
The results of war are shown both similarly and differently in the two poems. The contexts also differ due to the poet’s experiences of war. Wilfred Owen died fighting in World War One whereas Alfred Tennyson learned about the battle second hand therefore they have different perspectives. In ‘Futility’, Owen uses metaphors that could represent the feelings of the soldiers but Alfred Tennyson tells the story of the battle. In ‘Futility’, Owen utilizes personifications such as ‘The kind old sun will know’ and ‘Woke once the clays of a cold star’ to create a sense of desperation on the part of the soldiers.
‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke are poems about war which treat their subjects differently. Both poems are examples of the authors’ perceptions of war; Owen’s being about its bitter reality and Brooke’s about the glory of dying for one’s country. There are a number of similarities between ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘The Soldier’. ‘The Soldier’ says that fighting in a war for the sole purpose of defending one’s country is memorable, hence encouraging the act. On the other hand, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ brings about extreme patriotism, that it is sweet and seemly to die for one’s country, though the poem itself discourages the act.
“Blown to small bits and no one seemed to care.” The line from “The Hero” by Siegfried Sassoon, talks about a soldier who died in the battle field in an inhuman way. During World War One, many anti-war poets emerged and Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sasson were the famous ones. This might be due to the fact that both of them were soldiers, and they experienced firsthand the cruelty of the war. In Wilfred Owen’s “The Send-off” and in Siegfried Sasson’s “The Hero”, structure, poetic devices and diction are all used to convey the negative elements in war and cruel government during the war time. Both Sassoon and Owen use poetic devices to convey their sentiment towards war.
He describes the saying as 'The old Lie,' which I think means that he is trying to say that it is a trick. It shows that he wants to open everyone’s eyes and send across a message that the war wasn’t really sweet and beautiful it was revolting and a waste of time. The aim of this poem was to shock the reader-to let them feel the sense of disgust felt by all the soldiers as they witness the soldier's struggle to
Disabled by Wilfred Owen deals with the realities of war and the changes that individuals undergo. The poem manages to convey a sense of age and the harshness of the war. The realities of war seen in Owens poem are the injuries and hardships faced by the soldiers, the loss of innocence and aging of the individual and the impact war has on the individual once they return to the home front. Owen portrays these realities through the use of alliteration, rhetorical question, hyperbole and simile. War is not depicted as glorious or patriotic but rather as the destroyer of young lives as the realities of the hardships faced are exposed.
Wilfred Owen was an active soldier during WWI, who used his horrific experiences during the war to write his poems. His poems stemmed from his views on war, as he believed that although war was sometimes necessary, it was futile and evil. Two of his poems, ‘Exposure’ and ‘Disabled’ both reveal the price paid by soldiers during WWI. ‘Exposure’ examines the more psychological effects on the soldiers and is written from the view of the soldiers on the front line, ‘Disabled’ shows the aftermath and repercussion of fighting in WWI and the physical damage it caused. The first word in ‘Exposure’ is ‘our’ and is written in first person plural, showing the reader that Owen wanted to convey the plight of the universal soldier and how they all suffered the same fate, no matter their side.
WAR PHOTOGRAPHER LITERATURE Write about the poem, war photographer, in which my opinion is very effective in highlighting important social issues. Explain what these issues are and examine and discuss the various ways in which the poet conveys them. The poet is addressing the issues of war and morals of people. In stanza one, the poet shows how gruesome war can be, “spools of suffering set out in ordered rows” The poet, Duffy, highlights the contrast of what happens at the war sight from where he is now. The word spools also suggest never ending, hence he suggest the never-ending suffering those at war are burdened with.
Suicide in the Trenches – A hidden massage of a personal abhorrence How is war like? Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Suicide in the Trenches” answers this question effectively through communication of his personal abhorrence of accruing bloodshed in war. He presents his hidden massage by contrasting images of a desperate young soldier and the conceited crowds to reveal his resentment of war. Sassoon uses the two main components to presents extreme abomination are language and content. Sassoon uses blameful language to describe the ruthless of government in order to reveal the ugly hidden massage as settling the situation.
As the poem progresses, Mikhail begins to mock the routine of war, (wakes the sirens…dispatches ambos…swings corpses through the air) therefore showing us the harmful effects of war. Dunya Mikhail portrays the realities of war through the use of personification and lack of punctuation. As you can see the structure of the poem almost resembles that of a list, creating the effect of life during the war, long and routine. Through the use of action verbs such as swings, summons and digs for example she is using this language to show what the war does by giving it human qualities (read examples). The start of the poem (read first 3 lines) has quite a sarcastic tone and I think this shows how she feels towards the military glorifying war, doing whatever they can to convince you to join.