Wilfred Owen Poetry

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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. ‘Disabled’ is the same. Throughout ‘Disabled’, Owen constantly calls the soldier ‘he’ and doesn’t mention his country or ethnicity, highlighting to the general public that this was the price paid by thousands of soldiers globally. The title ‘Exposure’ initially makes the reader think of the common, human enemy. . However, Owen uses the word ‘Exposure’ to relay a different meaning, that the human enemy is not the only danger out there, and to show another price paid by the soldiers during wartime. Owen writes, “…in the merciless east winds that knive us.” His personification of the elements is not only to have a greater effect on the reader and help them to sympathise with the suffering of the soldiers, but to show a physiological effect of fighting, that once a soldier has been to war, everything is seen in terms of war so the elements are now seen as an enemy. ‘Disabled’ introduces a soldier, a paraplegic who has obviously had both legs amputated which is shown in the line, “Legless, sewn short at elbow.” In ‘Disabled’, Owen shows that the war has not only affected his physiology but
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