With his effective use of imagery, diction and irony, Wellford Owens strips away the glory of war and reveals the horror of what it was really like to fight in WWI. Imagery is one of the powerful devise Owen uses to show the realities of war in his poem. Owen uses descriptive words and graphic imagery to provoke feeling and deep emotions within the reader as a way of driving home his anti-war message. For instance, he writes of “froth-corrupted lungs,’’(22)”sores on innocent tongues” (24)and even describes the dying man’s face as a “devil’s sick of sin“(20). As a reader one cannot help but get a mental picture of the terrible war condition as well as feel deep compassion for the soldier.
With these events occurring, I believe the happening of another World War could occur. It would only be fitting in this situation if we introduce to you all, a man whose poems portrayed war in a completely different perspective and how his own personal experience of the war has impacted us. With his many famous poems including Dulce Et Decorum Est. and Futility. Won’t you please now welcome … Wilfred Owen!
Pseudonyms, in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) (2008) Code of Professional Conduct, are used to maintain confidentiality and protect the identities of all parties involved. A wide range of literature will then be drawn upon in examining how this particular incident reflects specific the particular qualities of a professional midwife encounter during this placement. The outcome and implications for the writers’ midwifery practice will complete this reflection. Gibbs' (1988) reflective cycle will be used because it has helped me in previous experiences to see the need to reflect whether it was a good or bad experience and has given me enthusiasm to research for information to improve my knowledge, skills and development. Gibbs’ is an iterative model with six stopping points: description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, and conclusion and action
Growing up with a severely disabled sister suffering from Retts Syndrome I have seen nurses and doctors able to change a frightening hospital admission into an experience of hope and comfort. Her health demands are extremely high and I would love to devote my time helping others as they have helped my sister. At school I specialised in medical subjects including GCSE Child Development, GNVQ Health & Social Care, AS Level Health and Social Care and a First Aid course. Within these subjects I have focussed my learning on areas which I believe are prominent today in children such as eating disorders. It has prepared me well for what I will most likely have to deal with in my future career.
Effective poets communicate human emotion and thought. Contemporary Australian poet ,Bruce Dawe, achieves this by exploring society’s vulnerabilities and downfalls in differing contexts. His experience of poverty and instability as a child during the Depression and later his involvement in the Vietnam War provide the motivation for his expression. Whether conveying the cruel outcomes of war in his poem “Homecoming “ or poverty resulting in restlessness in “Drifters”, Dawe expresses the emotion of all ages clearly reflected from his own thoughts. Further, by analysing Dawe’s use of poetic devices such as mental imagery, symbolism, repetition and subject matter, the relevance of his poetry to all people is proven.
A great speech, when delivered, will stir up different perspectives within its audiences, leaving the responder’s questioning some aspects of their own beliefs. Two examples of such speeches include Paul Keating’s ‘Funeral Service of the Unknown Australian Soldier’ and Noel Pearson’s ‘An Australian History for us all’. In 1993, the concept of the Australian identity was continually being questioned, reflected by reconciliation and the Land Title Act. Both Keating and Pearson present these ideas through their speeches, their common perspectives of the Australian identity being reflected in their use of repetition, strong, powerful language and other rhetorical devices. Although each leader shares common ideas, their approaches in presenting these ideas differ greatly.
‘Who, wherefore’ and ‘why’ utilises a questioning tone demanding a response and showing the similarities between the terrors of mental break down and war. ‘Wherefore’ emphasises archaic language which helps establish the moral conclusions of their condition. Owen paints a graphic visual image through his poetry of the men who suffered from shell shock. This allows the readers to visualise the trauma the men went through. “Teeth that leer like skulls teeth wicked” is a simile that links the alive to the dead emphasising how they are not really living, but however are not dead.
The poem uses several poetic conventions to help in the conveyance of its message, such as, similes, sibilance, alliteration, oxymoron and the vivid and horrific imagery used throughout. Wilfred Owen’s ironic position as a soldier gives a deeper meaning to the words as it allows the reader to see war from the point of view of one of its participants. He has acknowledged that the poem is indeed based on one of his experiences at war. In earlier times, psychological disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder were not given the concern that they deserve and instead was put down to a simple case of “Shell Shock”. It is known that Owen was a sufferer of “shell shock” and was sent to fight on the front lines after the few months of recovery he was given to “get over
Question: Outline the important ideas in Owen and Sassoon's poetry and how those ideas are conveyed to the responder. In your response make detailed reference to at least two of the poems set for study. Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, both famous war poets of their time and today have recounted the reality and the aftermaths of war through the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. Owen and Sassoon, one an officer and the other a soldier of World War I has expressed, protested and revealed the untold reality of war. Their use of poetic techniques such as free verse and solid imagery has helped society in understanding the harsh veracity of conflicts, as well as the mood and opinions of the men caught up in the war.
While fighting Owen met Siegfried Sassoon who inspired him to write war poetry to tell the truth about soldiers lives and the awful things that they go through while on the front (Wilfred Owen). Rupert Brooke also had prior experiences as a poet, but it was the action he saw on the front line at Antwerp that inspired him to write war poetry. Brooke was very patriotic and his poems reflected his loyalty to England (Allen). Owen and Brooke were both very reputable World War I poets that had very different views on war, which could be based on the different positions they held in the war. Wilfred Owen was strongly against war and used his poems to display to the readers back at home what war was truly like.