Exposure is a war peom from a soliders point of view by Wilfred Owen. Owen used poetry to express his feelings, reality and the horrors of world war 1 and the harsh weathers. He is also telling us some information that most people did not know about. The title conveys this itself ' exposure'. The truth is being 'exposed', further more this peom is describing and potraying the misery the soliders were feeling.
The narrator gradually gets the feel that the mansion is somehow haunted by ill-willed spirits and that staying any longer in the house would not end well. In the end, everybody dies of sudden disease. This shows us how much Edgar liked to put supernatural and psychological elements in his writings. Another chilling and famous poem by Edgar would be The Red Masque of Death, which also entails many psychological factors in the poem, and a theme of the poem is also death. Both stories have similar death-related themes, analogous settings, and of course, identical endings.
In "Dulce et Decorum est" Owen uses a variety of poetic devices to depict the horrifying nature of death in a war to stimulate a response from the reader. He uses metaphors and similes to provoke sympathy for the people who were dying in the war, as the reader witnesses the grotesque death of the soldier who died in the poem. By doing this Owen portrays his message in a very bold and tasteful way. In "The Man He Killed" Hardy uses a colloquial style of writing combined with an ABAB rhyme scheme, this makes the poem very easy to read and long lasting. Hardy uses slang to get the reader involved in the poem, this allows Hardy to make a strong point in highlighting the irony behind how war can turn friend into foe simply by association and sway the reader against war.
The theme of life and death is reinforced using depictions that usually are associated with death and flashing glimpses of life. Through this contrast of life and death, Theodore Roethke constructs a scenario that readers can visualize and smell with ease, creating a poem that lingers in readers’ thoughts long after it is
Stevens’s style has changed from his earlier poems, from using adjectives to intensify nouns to nondescript facts and numerous repetitions which symbolize the return to the former stasis. In the poems World without Peculiarity and Burghers of Petty Death, Stevens puts in contrast the importance of parent’s deaths to a son and the unimportance of those same deaths to the world. The poem The Region of November shifts his writing topic from lamenting the deaths of others to lamenting his own. The second premise deals with fear and anger. In the poem Madame La Fleurie, Stevens realizes, that nature is the evil that will take his mind and body in the end.
‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘Refugee Blues’ by W H Auden use the theme of loss for contrasting reasons. The poem ‘Disabled’ focuses on the physical aspect of loss where as ‘Refugee Blues’ centres on a whole community who experience an emotional loss when they are excluded from society. The two poets utilize the theme of loss to reveal their message to the reader and educate them about the ethics of war and the morality of persecution. Wilfred Owen educates the reader on the ethics of war by using the image of loss to display the detrimental effect war has upon people and their livelihoods. For example, ‘why didn’t they come and put him into bed?’ This quote from the last line of the poem underlines the fact that the poetic voice can’t preform everyday tasks for himself, because of the physical loss he has endured as a direct effect of the war.
Collins has a strong sense of reality about death in how it is not always fair. In the poem entitled “On The Death Of A Next-Door Neighbor,” Collins explains death through the use of personification, “If only death had consulted his cracked leather map, / then bent to wipe the fog / from the windshield with an empty sleeve” (71). Collins personifies death by giving it human actions and need of assistance, but having no body, to show that it is only with us in spirit. This poem portrays death by showing that it is not to be feared, but rather accepted, because it is in everyone’s future. Making death into a person is a creative technique because it makes it so real.
Turner does an exceptional job capturing the painful and terrible moments of the war in Iraq. I can imagine a retired veteran reading this poem and instantly relating to it, which is why this poem is so powerful. The first half of the poem uses explicit language that says “Nothing but bullets and pain/ and the bled-out slumping/ and all the fucks and goddamns/ and Jesus Christ’s of the wounded/”(2-4). This powerful, yet vulgar language is what sets the tone for this poem and also delivers the message to the reader that going overseas was no easy experience. This helped in adding more of a reality and complexity to the poem.
Donne’s attitude in ‘Death be no proud’ is aggressive whereas Auden’s is sad and distraught. Evidence of this is that ‘Death be not proud’ presents death as proud and arrogant. Donne portrays this by stating rhetorical questions such as ‘Why swell’st thou then?’ which summarised means why are you so proud of yourself? By addressing death in an aggressive tone, this shows Donne is irritated and outraged by deaths ‘behaviour’. Auden’s poem ‘Funeral Blues’ however, doesn’t talk about death directly and only talks about his sad feelings towards death.
Wilfred Owen wrote his poems during the war, he wrote his poems to present the horrific reality of war, to challenge the public perception that the media had fed them, he sought to express his own experiences to everyone. Throughout his poems the Owen convey the futility of war, loss, wasted youth and sacrifice. These are the main ideas expressed in the poem Futility, Owens manipulation of language techniques and the utilization of poetry are used in simultaneously to obliterate the romantic heroism of the war and emphasizing the pointlessness of war. In the poem Futility, Owens Emphasis is placed on a soldier that dies on the battle field of hyperthermia; the nameless young man who dies is used by Owen as a symbol for all the soldiers that die needlessly in the war. The title itself “futility” foreshadows for the responder the subject of the poem, giving them a general idea of what the poem addresses.