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How does Wilfred Owen, use his poetry to communicate the horrors of the First World War. In January 1917 Wilfred Owen arrived on the western front at the northern end of the Somme sector where he spent four months in appalling conditions. Owen didn't approve of the lies being told about the war so he wrote poems to tell the truth about the horrors and cruelty of the war. I looked at a number of Wilfred Owens poems and I have chosen four to write about. 'Dulce et decorum est', 'the sentry', 'Exposure', and 'disabled'. In these poems Owen uses a lot of personal pronouns to communicate to the horrors of the war. He shows this by explaining the suffering he went through. In the opening paragraph of the sentry, Owen explicitly describes the situation as being 'hell' we know Owen was experiencing this horrific event because he uses personal pronouns such as, "we" and "our". Having studied a variety of Owens poems it is clear he had a strong personal view of the war. ...read more.


The sentry is another poem that focuses on Owens experiences. The poem is about the death of a solider. In the opening stanza Owen and some of his men are sheltering in a German dug out during a battle. They have been there for some hours. The water and mud "slush" in the dug out is waist high and the rain is pouring down." Rain guttering down the in the waterfalls of slime" The Germans knew the British was there and started to shell them. One soldier is put on guard duty the man is the sentry. Suddenly from Owens position the sentry is blown into the trench deluge of mud. "the man is not dead but blind " o sir my eyes -I'm blind - I'm blind - I'm blind. Owen repeats the word "blind" to show how devastating the injury is. "Eyeballs huge bulged like squids" a horrific simile used. Comparing the sentry's eyes to a squid - a animal that is not found on land but underwater. This does not even seem human. ...read more.


In this poem although Owen uses his poetry to describe the horrific conditions of the war and episodes that were pertinent to the British soldiers. He was also aware that these problems applied to the enemy. A major debilitating factor to both sides in the war was the weather he explores the effect this had on the soldiers. In the poem there is a very successful use of half-rhyme, which in its unreal and discordant effect echoes the subject matter. Each stanza seems to build up into a climax only to end in a short coda. "What are we doing here", "but Nothing happens". This evokes feelings of despair and hopelessness imagery is also used to sustain the mood "the earth shudders black with snow". Also the use of personification is uses "pale flakes with fingering stealth come feeling for our faces". In these four poems we feel sympathy, pity and anger for these men who are sent out to die in a charade of war. Owen communicates with the horrors that these men went through with use of, repetition, personification, imagery, irony, memories and personal pronouns. He uses all off these to show the people at home what really was happening. ?? ?? ?? ?? Georgia Clinton 10mcr ...read more.

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