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Examine the different ways that the poetry of Wilfred Owen conveyed a strong anti-war message. How is this a break from tradition?

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War Poetry Daniel Moore Examine the different ways that the poetry of Wilfred Owen conveyed a strong anti-war message. How is this a break from tradition? Introduction In this essay I intend to get an insight about who Wilfred Owen targeted his poems at, and what message he was trying to give. In his poems he uses graphic imagery to create the feeling of war. His work was aimed at Jessie pope and people who thought war was glorious, and that it is honourable to die for your country. He uses techniques to get his point across, e.g. creating a vivid picture. The thing that made World War 1 so terrible was the amount of casualties, the conditions and the weapons used. The weapons (tanks, machine guns and gas) caused mass destruction. The conditions of the trenches made living in them impossible. Before 1914, people viewed war with glory, patriotism and honour. They believed it was honour to fight for your country, and belief that if you died in battle would increase your spiritual value. War was glorified to encourage men to join up. Traditional war poetry Into battle This poem shows how traditional war poetry supported these glorified views of war. ...read more.

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This is the visual image we are given. 'Fire or lime' is the gas making the skin burn off. 'Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light' is what is seen through the gas masks of other soldiers, its misty. 'As under water idea, sea and drowning, drowning in his own blood). These images are powerful because we get a feel of what it is like to be in a gas attack. The tone is changed yet again in verse 3. The poem slows down as the attack has happened, and now the victims are suffering. When the poet sees the young man dying he feels scared and angry, sad deadly disturbed. 'He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.' This has affected him so then he addresses people the lie that it is a great thing to die for your country. The word 'you' in verse 4 is so effective because it is showing 'you,' it is aimed at Jessie Pope. 'And watch the white eyes writhing in his face. His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin, if you could hear, at every jolt the blood come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, a bitter as the cud.' ...read more.

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The title of this poem is striking because 'Doomed youth' means men have no hope, Owen is saying these men are going to die. He uses comparisons in the first verse by saying the young soldiers are like cattle and comparing the way they die and are buried to other people have a proper funeral. 'What passing bells for those who die as cattle.' The point he is making is that people who join the army to go to war are treated badly especially the way they die and their funerals. The alliteration makes words stand out, onomatopoeia 'rifles rapid rattle' creates the image of constant firing guns, you can almost hear them. The word hasty is similar to Owens comment in dulce et decorum est 'Gas! Gas! Quick boys!' because it is saying everything needs to be done in a hurry. Owen is making a point that they had no time to think of the dangers they had to follow orders. Verse two is different to the first verse because it is calmer. It is talking about how the soldiers will be remembered after death. Verse one is about the fighting and the noises of war. Owen shows these men will be remembered. He does this by saying they will be forgotten, as no candles will be lit for them. 'And each slow dusk a drawing down of blinds. ...read more.

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