Wilfred Own Essay

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Wilfred Owen Move him into the sun; gently its touch awoke him once. What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering riffles rapid rattle. Wilfred Owen has composed many poems although I will be only mentioning just a few, which will be Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce ET Decorum Est. and Futility. Owen conveys effective commentary on World War 1. He uses language techniques to convey the effectiveness in which he wants his listeners to understand. Within these poems Owen exposes the outrageous nature of war. Owen uses shock tactics to describe war as offensive and a waste of precious life. Owen does this via using language techniques such as metaphors, similes, personification, Alliteration, Assonance, Onomatopoeia and rhetoric. He makes the reader confront their ideas of war. He is writing from personal experience. In my opinion he is brilliant. In the poem ‘Anthem for doomed Youth’ Wilfred Owens language techniques are also important as they convey the main theme, but the main theme in ‘Anthem for doomed youth’ is that war is a pointless and cruel waste of lives. Owen uses a rhetorical question to begin the poem instantly involving the audience, ‘What passing bells for these who die as cattle? ‘Owen compares the death of young soldiers in battle to the slaughtering of beasts and cattle. Owen uses personification ‘monstrous anger of the guns’, stuttering rifles’. This helps the audience really picture the scene in their minds. A metaphor is used to compare normal funeral services to the battle scenes of war ‘The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells’. Again, a rhetorical question is used to begin the last stanza of the poem, the sestet. ‘What candles may be held to speed them all? This emphasizes the fact that these young soldiers have no proper funeral service, as they are miles from home and
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