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AS and A Level War Poetry

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Owen's War Poetry

Owen's war poetry is a passionate expression of outrage at the horrors of war and of pity for the young soldiers sacrificed in it. It is dramatic and memorable, whether describing physical horror, such as in' Dulce et Decorum Est' or the unseen, mental torment such as in' Disabled'. His diverse use of instantly understandable imagery and technique is what makes him the most memorable of the war poets. His poetry evokes more from us than simple disgust and sympathy; issues previously unconsidered are brought to our attention. One of Owen's talents is to convey his complex messages very proficiently. In' Dulce et Decorum Est'-' If in some smothering dreams you too could pace / Behind the wagon that we flung him in' the horror of witnessing this event becomes eternal through dreams. Though this boy died an innocent, war allowed no time to give his death dignity, which makes the horror so more poignant and haunting. This is touched on in' Mental Cases'-' Treading blood from lungs that had loved laughter / Always they must see these things and hear them'. Many of the sights which will haunt the surviving soldiers are not what

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