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What do you learn about the First World War from your reading of Wilfred Owens poetry?

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Introduction

What do you learn about the First World War from your reading of Wilfred Owens poetry? From Wilfred Owens poems you can learn so many different things. He was one of a group of soldiers, he wrote about the war as he experienced it. So all of his poems are primary evidence because the poems were wrote by him when the war was going on. We can prove that Wilfred Owen was in the War by using a quote from a poem he wrote. The poem is titled 'Dulce et Decorum Est'. In the poem he gives his opinion on war. He says "Dulce et decorum est Pro Partria mori" This means it is good and beautiful to die for your country. He wrote it in Latin, the rest of the poem is english. By using Latin I think it creates a distinguished impact on the reader. It draws their attention to it. Honestly, Wilfred Owen does not believe it actually is good to die for your country. He is being critical. The opposition to this view of war would be a poet named Jessie Pope. ...read more.

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The war has disintegrated everyone so it seems, according to Wilfred Owen. In another poem titled 'Disabled' he describes how he is physically disabled now due to the war. "He sat in a wheeled chair." The war has now physically disenhanced him and his point in Dulce et Decorum Est has been proved it is not good and beautiful to die for your country. It is not beautiful and good being disabled for the rest of your life. In disabled he uses irony to create sympathy too. "My friend." He is no friend to anyone, all England has done is send him to war, and he has returned from his crusade disabled. In 'Futility' another poem Wilfred has gladly wrote he describes how he is visually effected. "Move him into the sun Gently its touch awoke him once. At home, whispering of fields half-sown, always it woke him, even in France." Instead of fields he sees dead bodies now; his eye lines are full of destruction and death and no longer peace and light. The sun seems to have an effect on bodies, bringing them back to life. ...read more.

Conclusion

They had spent ages together and shared mostly the same symptoms of being at war (all of the above I have mentioned). "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of guns." He is saying that these men are dying like farm animals do in slaughter. Slaughter is a substitue for murder. Owen also mentions guns are killing these people. Seeing people die must contribute to all these physical conditions and mental states Wilfred dealt with. Therefore, relationships are possibly what influenced Wilfred to write all these poems. It was one way to express himself; he had no time to talk properly just joke around and laugh when he could. He was away from his family, so his way to contact them was by writing them. It was like a complex diary that someone would discover years later. From these poems I learn a lot about the physical state of the soldiers, their mental state and the conditions they must have lived in. It could have not been all completley true though as he was an english soldier and he would have seen things worse than they were because he was actually forced to be in it. However, they create a lot of meaning and emotion in the reader if their minds can accept his language and technique. ...read more.

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