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How does Wilfred Owen express his felling about the First World War in Anthem for doomed youth and Duke et decorum Est?

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How does Wilfred Owen express his felling about the First World War in Anthem for doomed youth and Duke et decorum Est? Life in the trenches was horrific. The floor was lined with a foot of thick sludge that you were expected to sleep on. You had regular checks of your feet because you could be standing in the sludge all day and get a disease called 'Trench Foot' this is where all the nerves in your foot go numb and makes it very difficult for you to walk. The trenches were lined with dead bodies that were spreading disease around even more. There were rodents in the trenches eating the dead bodies and sometimes when you had just woken up from an uncomfortable nights sleep you would find rats nibbling at you. ...read more.

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He thought that war was seen as old men sending young men to war. The title' Anthem for doomed youth' suggests this. Owens audience was the every body who did not fight in the war. His Purpose of writing these poems was to tell every body what it wads really like in the war he did this because he saw no point in telling lies to comfort the civilians at home and told them how the young youths were being needlessly butchered in battle and how no one will remember them or mark their death. Also Owen tells us about the torturous conditions that they had to live and battle in. Owens tone was a passionate expression of outrage at the horrors of war and pity for the youths who sacrificed in it. ...read more.

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In Duke et Decorum Est the imagery is of exhausted men limping and staggering along just like a drunk person with no shoes on and scruffy clothes. Line 5 suggests this 'many had lost their boots But limped on, blood shod' Then from line 9 to 16 'Gas! Gas! Quick boys!-an ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling and flound' ring like a man in fire or lime... Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, as under a green sea, I saw him drowning. I get the image of someone seeing someone else being gassed through their mask and it looks like they are drowning in the green sea but the green sea is actually the gas. Both of these poems have a very nasty view of war to the reader. It gives the image that it is like being tortured slowly and painfully. Created by Danny Waite ...read more.

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