How Does Wilfred Owen Explain Suffering and Pity in the Battlefield

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Essay, Question 2009: Wilfred Owen’s poetry is shaped by an intense focus on extraordinary human experiences. Wilfred Owen expressed the hostile experiences of war through poems. He showed the extraordinary human experiences such as pity and suffering being taken on soldiers on the battlefield in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “The Next war”. Both Poems show the physical, emotional and physiological trauma experienced by soldiers due to the powerful entity of war. Owen uses numerous techniques to convey meaning of the human experiences on the battlefield. War is seen to dehumanise soldiers due to what they experience on the battlefield, and Owen uses many techniques to express it. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, Young men are portrayed as old men due to the dehumanising effects of the battlefield. The verse; “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge” show the hostility these men faced. Owen uses simile to compare the young men to old “hags”. “Bent double, like old beggars”, “knock kneed” and “cursed through sludge” set a slow and agonising tone, giving readers an image of the hostile conditions. The verse; “Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood shod. All went lame; all bling; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind” show the basic quality of living in the battlefield being lost. Words like "lame," "blind," "drunk" and "deaf" suggest that the soldiers have been stripped of their bodily integrity before they even enter into battle. Owen uses imagery to show how fatigued the soldiers are as they are “deaf” to the “Five-nines” being dropped behind them. The final verse of the poem shows Irony, as Owen tells the readers that the soldiers have been shamefully treated by the government and are left to be suffered and filled with pity; “ To children ardent

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