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Discuss the different attitudes expressed in the poems & methods used by Brooke & Owen to influence our response to the war.

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Discuss the different attitudes expressed in the poems & methods used by Brooke & Owen to influence our response to the war Wilfred Owen expressed himself through poetry. He especially used poetry to show his opinion about war and the consequences. Owen wrote many poems, one of his poems is "Disabled", and it shows Owen's feelings on the barbarity that is conflict and war. "Disabled" speaks of a man that survived the war and it describes an event that took place as a result of the fighting. "Disabled" is a poem about a man who has survived the war yet lost both legs and lost an arm up to the elbow. It shows the consequences of war. The poem helps him explain why war is such a tragedy. It helps Owen to explain that war can have such devastating effects not only on land but also on individual people. The poem's tone is extremely depressing as this soldier is awaiting death, to kill off the pain that he is suffering. ...read more.

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Also, in the third verse, there is a contrast in two consecutive lines, "For it was younger than his youth, last year. Now he is old, his back will never brace." This is a before and after comparison and gets the reader to consider the happy man before the war and the depressed man that was left as a result. In lines two and three, there are alliterations - "sewn short" and "ghastly suit of grey", this shows the situation of this man and how it cannot really get any worse. "Disabled" consists of many similes, an example is, "all of them touch him like some queer disease." This refers to the girls that used to find him attractive and now that the man has no legs and one arm, there seems to be something wrong with him. The girls get the idea that the disabled soldier is contagious in some way and the girls avoid him like a disease. The disabled man must have been a ladies man back in his day. ...read more.

Conclusion

Brooke's reputation, aside from the myth of the fallen "golden warrior" that his friends set about creating almost immediately after his death, rests on the five war sonnets of 1914. In the first of the five war sonnets from which Brooke gained the majority of his fame, the word 'war' is not mentioned even once. Instead, Brooke talks about the release from pain, grief and "a world grown old and cold and weary" which is death. Death is personified as the key to "cleaner life" and the poem is begun by the thanking of God who has "wakened us from sleep". Wilfred Owen is against the thought of war; this is expressed in all of his poems as he brings across the consequences of war in his poetry. Owen creates a lot of pity in his poems; it works well in war poems. Rupert Brooke was for the war but eventually towards the end of his writing career sees the consequences and suffers the aftermath of war and dies at an early age. The only outcome of war poetry is that war can only have devastating effects on people's lives. ...read more.

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