Pope thinks that war was good and it was Ok to die during it but Owen strongly disagreed with that. Sassoon uses the title Attack to describe what the poem is about. The poem is about the attack on no-man’s land so he just simply decides not to confuse he reader with what he is talking about. Although in the poem he confuses the reader in a way that they don’t understand the horrors of the war. Owen portrays the horrors of the war by focusing on one person and aspect within the war, the gas attacks.
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.
Introduction Paragraph 1 In his poem, Strange Meeting, Owen recreates the horror of war through his shocking and realistic account of the experiences faced by soldiers on the battlefields during World War One. “And by his smile, I knew that sullen hall, - By his dead smile I knew we stood in hell”. Owen has used first person and a pararhyme to reinforce the brutality and horrors of war. Owen came to the realisation, by talking to this man, that no one there was truly alive, breathing or not breathing. What mattered was the truth of war and what he felt he must share and let people know.
The poet is saying that people should not talk about war as enthusiastically as it gives the impression that war is glorious. Furthermore, he says that the idea that ’it is sweet and right’ to die for your country is entirely untrue. Through this, we are able to form the opinion that war is not okay because it is a serious thing that carries many negative consequences. In Wilfred Owen’s poem Dolce et Decorum est, the use of similes conveys the harsh reality of war on soldiers as it changes them dramatically and kills the majority of them. In the first two lines of the poem, Owen uses the similes “Bent double like old beggars under sacks, knocked kneed, coughing like hags” to paint a grim picture in readers minds of how the soldiers were.
Owen commented on his poetry that ‘my subject is war, and the pity of it… all a poet can do is warn.’ Owen and Sassoon were both trying to warn young men against war and inform the public on how brutal and disgusting war actually is In both poems, after describing the obscene conditions of war and the impact that these conditions had on the soldiers, the poets dedicated a stanza to condemning the reader on any encouragement they may have had towards young men going to war. They did this through the use of personal pronouns. In ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ Owen condemns the use of the saying “Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori” (It is sweet and fitting to die for your country) by using personal pronouns to involve the reader in the reality of war “If you could hear at every jolt/ the blood come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs… my friend you would not tell with such high zest… the old lie: Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori.” In ‘Suicide in the trenches’ personal pronouns are also used to disapprove of the encouragement of war “You smug faced crowds… who cheer when soldier lads march by/ sneak home and pray you’ll never know/ the hell where youth and laughter go.” Personal pronouns are used in order to involve the
The piece for the most part has a light, funny tone, but then again it zeroes in on the severity of the war and makes several references to the absurd and cruel reality of the war. The characters make countless jabs toward the government and the military, and then before you know it, the war finishes them. When the squadron is ordered to bomb the small innocent village by the mountains, the reason they are told they must do it is: “knock the whole village to send it sliding down the side of the mountain and create a roadblock that the Germans will have to clear.” Point Of View- The perspective in which a story is written. The Point of view in Catch 22 is third person omniscient. The main character is Yossarian and the book focuses on him, but he does not narrate the story.
This is how Duffy, conveys the issue of how cruel and gruesome war is in stanza one. In stanza two Duffy writes about his job and how he, the persona struggles to accept it. ”he has a job to do.” Duffy uses the word job to show a sense of duty and obligation, therefore it makes it seem that this is something that he has to do and accept. ”Beneath his hands which did not tremble then though seem to now” this shows us how the persona feels and how he is devastated but at the scene of the war, he cannot afford to shake and take a bad photo. ”home again to ordinary pain” This line shows us that the persona has seen what real suffering is like.
Owen starts the second stanza with an ironic ‘merry.’ The war front was not a happy place, but a place filled with intense pain and death. In the next line Owen exposes reality of how ‘death becomes absurd and life absurder’ and how soldiers lost all morality and became desensitised as they felt no ‘remorse of murder.’ The soldiers were trained to be mindless tools of their government as they did what they were ordered to do without questioning the morality of what they were instructed to do. Owen personifies fear as something which can be ‘dropped off’. Fear can be paralysing which can be disastrous for a soldier. ‘Behind the barrage, dead as my platoon’
Anthem For Doomed Youth is a sonnet written by Wilfred Owen about the realities of war. Wilfred Owen was a soldier during WW1 and therefore understands fully the true experiences of war. He was against war and was appalled by the effects of war on people and their families. The purpose of the poem is to inform the public of the true realities of war and how young men where dying needlessly. This was because during war times the media would tell the public that the war going great and that the men where doing just fine, but this obviously just wasn’t true.
Not knowing what’s around the soldiers and the narrator makes them feel terrible. The concept of not knowing what’s going to happen always makes the soldiers believe that something horrible is going to happen. In the war, everything may happen in a single day. In chapter 4 ‘Back to the Round’, the narrator and company have to move around the trenches on their bellies because there is a sniper in the tree that causes a constant fear. Although they know there is a sniper, they still fear him because they cannot discern when he will shoot them.