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The British citizen Wilfred Owen fought during the First World War. During and after the war he began to write about his experiences and the effects it had. In his poems he talks about various aspects or war, from gas attacks to winter offensives.

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Owens Picture of War The British citizen Wilfred Owen fought during the First World War. During and after the war he began to write about his experiences and the effects it had. In his poems he talks about various aspects or war, from gas attacks to winter offensives. One of his poems is about why people join the army at the beginning and during a war. Owen tells us about a man who joined the army and had both his arms and legs amputated in a poem called "Disabled". He was nineteen and joined the army underage because he got drunk and his friends dared him to. This happened quite a lot during the first and second world wars. Owen says he thought only of "jewelled hilts" and "smart salutes", basically this person only saw the good side of joining the army, he forgot there would be bad times. During the war he had limps amputated and he had to "spend a few sick years in institutes". Owen says he now feels "cold" and that people have "no pity". Owen also writes about the war in the winter and the war in the spring in two different poems. ...read more.

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Many people depict war, as being glorious, Owen is basically saying that this is not true. The third and final part is the army running towards the enemy. Owen sees the attack as vicious and makes a point of it in his poem, he describes the men as "breasted on a surf of bullets". At this point Owen becomes quite religious, which is something that has not been seen in his poems so far, this is shown by his use phrases such as " god caught them before they fell" and "fury of hells upsurge", this tells is he feels angry. This later led him to feel guilty as a lucky person to have lived, as at the end of the poem he asks, "Why not speak of comrades that went under". To understand the poem "Dolce est decorum est" you must first understand the phrase. The full phrase is "Dolce est Decorum est Pro Patria Mori", it means "To die for ones country is both noble and honourable". This poem is about a person who dies during a gas attack and Owen witnesses the event and is clearly traumatised. ...read more.

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People take freedom for granted, and I feel Owen is relating to this modern day concept many years ago, shortly after World War I. One aspect of war is returning home to see loved ones Owen again has a piece which deals with this issue although he never experienced it fully. Wilfred Owen died two days before the end of WWI, but his earlier piece "Disabled" deals with this topic. In the last three stanza's Owen talks about how it was for the person to return home early and be given weird looks, and how "women's eyes look at the strong men that are whole". This is a sacrifice which he made when he joined the army underage, as he only though about the good points, much the same as "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori". Although Owen never experienced returning his pieces were still very deep on the matter, Wilfred Owen was a good poem writer and it is a shame that he died two days before peace was declared and WWI was ended. I feel he could have continued giving the world much more in the way of descriptive poetry like this. But as mentioned before many people didn't like to think back to the war as it only brought back bad memories. Alasdair Muir, 4K Page 1 19/12/2007 ...read more.

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