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What have we learnt about war from reading Wilfred Owen's Disabled and the pre 20-century Scottish poetry?

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The Poetry Of War. What have we learnt about war from reading Wilfred Owen's Disabled and the pre 20-century Scottish poetry? Introduction We have read disabled by Wilfred Owen and two Scottish laments. These have shown us many things and ways in which war affects people. The way in which the writers express their writing also created a good atmosphere in which the theatre of war seemed right. Both of these poems show to us how war has been fought across time and how people cope with the tragedy of war. Although the poems are hundreds of years apart, they bear attributes that are mutual between them. I will now show what I have found out about war from these poems and how they are different but also similar. Disabled by Wilfred Owen is a poem about the terrible aftershocks of war. The young man in the poem has been severely crippled by the effects of war and can no longer walk or do anything for himself without aid. I think this boy joined up for all the wrong reasons, like wanting to impress his girlfriend and look good in his new uniform. It says in the poem "and soon he was drafted out with drums and cheers" he was treated like a hero when he went out to war, but when he came back he was only thanked by one "solemn" man who "inquired about his soul". We can see that his reception from going out and coming back to and from war is so very different and the cheers and patriotism that sent him out were not there as he was greeted back home. We know that the young man had before the war so much on for him and to look forward to. ...read more.


I think from that, Wilfred Owen is trying to say that war means much more than bombings and fighting in trenches, it also goes on afterwards in the lives of all of those who suffer similar fates to the young man in the poem. I also think he is saying that for all the passion and romance connected with war, it always comes out ending up with more people suffering than happy. I think some of the language used by Wilfred Owens creates atmosphere that shows what war means. A good use of language is the interesting 2nd verse in which Owen creates an excellent image of how wonderful the young mans life before the war was. He says, "When glow lamps budded in the light blue trees and girls glanced lovelier as the night grew dim". I like this description as it creates an image of the mans nightlife which he enjoyed before Owen writes, he "threw away his knees". This is a gaping difference in the image, from a man enjoying company of Ladies in the night, to a disfigured man in a corner, with no limbs to fend for himself with. I also like the last few lines in the third verse "and leap of purple leaped from his thigh" it is said in a pleasant way because the words are so innocent, but if you perhaps read it again, then you realise that this leap of purple is this man bleeding or being shot, the reality of the war hits you. Another example of the use of language is when Owen says, "now he will spend a few sick years in institutes, and what things the rules consider wise and whatever pity they may dole. ...read more.


think the main thing that these poems have in common, is that they all show us the after effects of war and how they affect people afterwards. I also think there are feelings of bitterness in each poem, the man in disabled bitterly regretting going to war and being cut off in his prime, the ladies in lament for Flodden being downhearted at the fact of no young men to talk to and in the last lament, the lady of Inverness is bitter towards God as she felt he did nothing to stop innocent men being killed. One other way in which the poems are similar, is that they all involve young people being hurt or sad. They all portray how bad war can affect young people the worst as people with their life ahead of them can be killed. There are many things which differ in these poems however, one of these being the difference in the ways in which the people in the poems are effected. In the first poem, the young man is effected by he can't walk or do anything for himself, in the second poem the ladies rue the deaths of the men through moaning and crying and the last poem shows a more angry side which can happen. To conclude, these three poems show us a variety of what people experience during war. It shows us many emotions and feelings which people experience after the war and how they deal with it. I think each of these gives us pointers to why people go to war and how people's opinions of war change when it affects them. I also believe that each of these poems teaches us valid reasons why not to go to war and why any type of conflict is bad. ...read more.

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