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Disabled By Wilfred Owen

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Disabled By Wilfred Owen In my essay,"Disabled" by Wilfred Owen. I am going to describe how successfully he uses poetic techniques to present the true effects of war in his poem. The main technique used in the poem is contrast, as well as other techniques. Which makes the fate of the young man more pitiful. The use of irony, word choice, and powerful images, all create the sense of atmosphere in each stanza. The contrast of mood and tone is used in the first and second stanza, which creates a change of mood. In the first stanza words like "ghastly" and phrases like, "saddening like a hymn", are used by Owen to create a dull and depressing mood. ...read more.


One of the main reasons he went to war was to "please his Meg". But after returning with his injury girls no longer seemed interested. "Now he will never feel again how slim girls waists are, or how warm their subtle hands, all of them touch him like some queer disease." Secondly, irony is used in the second stanza. Before he went to war he "liked a blood smear down his leg" as if it made him feel strong and powerful. He liked to show his scars off, so people thought he was brave. Now his real wounds leave him disabled. Powerful visual images used in the third stanza emphasise this point. ...read more.


All soon this changed. In the fifth stanza the dull and horrible reality of war soon began to sink in, it was terrifyingly escapable. In the sixth stanza word choice is used to show the tragedy of war. "Why don't they come?" This leaves the reader thinking of what it means. Which I think it means his fate. "When will this tragic life come to end?" I think Wilfred Owen used poetic techniques very effectively to show the true effects of war. The use of irony, contrast, word choice, and visual images, all emphasise the sheer horror of war and what it would be like to become disabled. How it can totally turn around someone's life. ...read more.

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