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Comparing and Contrasting ‘Disabled’ And ‘Anthem for doomed youth’

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Comparing and Contrasting 'Disabled' And 'Anthem for doomed youth' In Wilfred Owens poetry he is trying to achieve the goal of describing the war the way it really is. As some poets glamorise the war, Owen tells it how it is. It shows how it is like going to war, when your in the middle of the actual war, and the coming home from the war. He explains and we realise that war is not what it seems, it is not all good. He points out the disadvantages of war and he puts them into a way everyone will understand. He really wants the reader to visualise what would be happening, he expresses all his pain in his poetry. Further more he writes as a disabled person and what it is to be like when you are coming home from the war, really nothing but bad things can come of writing about something like this. My choices of poems, 'Anthem for doomed youth' and 'Disabled' are especially suitable for this type of extended writing. This would be because they are both along the same lines, this would help me tell sort of my own story as 'Anthem for doomed youth' is going to war and 'Disabled' is when you get back. It shows the reality of war. They explain each and every detail in similes, so everyone can understand. ...read more.


There is no picture for 'Anthem for doomed youth' but he does make you one in your head from what he says in the poem. He creates a picture of regret here too, as he reminisces about when he was thinking about the army and how he joined to regret everything. He also creates a picture of the guns firing, and you would be so use to the guns that it would be the only thing that could destroy the sound of hasty orisons. Some of the words that Owen uses are very descriptive and they appeal to other senses in the poem. Some words would be; "Monstrous" from 'Anthem for doomed youth' this would mean that the guns were probably almost unstoppable. It is as if the gun is a monster and it would take a lot of men just to take out that one gun. Also from 'Anthem for doomed youth', "glimmers of good-byes" this would suggest that they will still have the people saying good-bye in their eyes while in battle, and they will look back at how happy they were before all of this happened. They would probably be thinking about this to the extent that they would freeze and say to them "what am I doing? Why did I come here? what was I thinking?". From 'Disabled' words like "ghastly" I would associate with a ghost, now Owen in this poem is not dead yet but surly he must be suggesting that it is so bad it is almost as if he is dead. ...read more.


There are some things that just remind him of what happened in the war, and no-matter how innocent or good it is, it reminds him of the war, this is shown by "there was an artist silly for his face" an artist wanted to paint him. This would probably be put under a heading of 'injured war heroes', this reminds him of the war and the accident. In 'disabled he remembers later in the poem that he might have joined the army for someone called meg, this is suggested by "to please meg", I would then think that he joined the army because of peer pressure. I would think this because in the days of the war, many a people were joining the army, and if you did not you were possibly considered a coward, and not a woman would like you or understand why you would not want to go to war, therefore war was glamorised and he went to war. Near the end of 'disabled' is the send off. "Some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer goal. Only a solemn man who brought him fruits thanked him; and then enquired about his soul." Now this would suggest some sarcasm in the thanked. At this point I would think that Wilfred Owen is very angry at people and he wants to change everything back to the way it was. Wilfred Owen uses a lot of sarcasm to attack the army and what it stands for and why they need to go to war. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nigel Tolentino 10A ...read more.

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