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Choose a period of transitions of Owens work and analyse. Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 Oswestry, Shropshire. He was educated at Birkenhead Institute and Shrewsbury Technical College. He was deeply attached to his mother (Susan Shaw) and she was probably the most important person in his short life. She was the one who introduced him to the arts as she herself was also educated in music and painting .A great deal of his letters were addressed to her, and the reverence to the love he felt for her is evident. In 1911 he became lay assistant to the vicar of Dunsden near Reading in order to establish whether he had a vocation for the Anglican priesthood. However this left him disillusioned with both the clerical life and evangelised type of Christianity. He was to leave here in 1913. From the age of nineteen Owen wanted to be a poet and engrossed himself in poetry, being especially impressed by Keats and Shelley. At first he wrote poems in the romantic tradition but this style of writing was evolving to a more factual method. It wasn't until after he experienced warfare, did he change his views about the nature of literary art, and his new poems consisted mainly of war poems. Owen felt pressured by the propaganda to become a soldier and volunteered on 21st October 1915. ...read more.


It illustrates the genuine suffering the war veterans endured, dispelling all illusions about war and gave a description of the fighter on the Western Front "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks", this contradicts the whole idea that the soldier is upright and a dignified hero. From the first line it depicts the gruesome reality of suffering. Here the solider is not proud and dignified, but reduced to the status of a beggar or a sub-cultural being. In the first stanza the scene is set as in the trenches, where many young men were brutally killed. "Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through the sludge", also describing the condition of the men. The phrase "Knock-kneed", is a good use of alliteration to illustrate the appearance of the soldiers gone now is the proud march, to war or the crazed run to battle. Words and phrases that explain they are stunned are, "blood-shod" ,"lame", "blind", "Drunk with fatigue". "And towards our distant rest began to trudge.", Perhaps the poet was, in this quote, showing that the soldiers "distant rest" was in fact their final resting place, their death. All these quotations form a slow-moving verse, which is necessary to picture the slow-moving soldiers. The last line in this verse sets you up nicely for the dramatic, yet very effective impact of the unsuspected "gas-shells dropping softly behind" "Gas! ...read more.


It elaborates on the way the dead are treated, with no special treatment or ceremony. "What candles may be held to speed them all". This is depicting the scene of a wake house, where candles are lit for the soul of the dead. But all is so different at war, as these soldiers who are fighting for their country are treated no better than an animal heading off to the slaughter house. The only place where these boys will be mourned is in their homeland, by the families and loved ones they left behind. "The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall". The finishing line ends on a sadder note, "And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds". Although Owen was a hero, receiving a commendation award, he was not lucky enough to survive the war. Through his words, we experience his disillusionment, his suffering, and the horrors that he witnessed. Even if he had survived, there's no doubt that he was irreversibly changed by his war experiences. "He radically remodelled traditional poetics by means of technical and colloquial innovation in his sequence of war poems". Wilfred Owen was a remarkable young man. When he died he was just 25 years old, but his poetry has proved enduring and influential and is among the best known in the English language. He left behind a unique testament to the horrific impact of the First World War on an entire generation of young soldier Owen gives the reader an anti-war message, which has been written nearly one hundred years ago, yet it still has relevance today. ...read more.

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