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wilfed owen expressing feelings of war in his poems 'Exposure' and 'Spring Offensive'.

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How does Owen use the seasons and nature to illustrate his feelings about war? Compare his treatment of the natural world in 'Exposure' and 'Spring Offensive'. Owen signed up to fight in the war in 1915. He thought that war was romantic and heroic but when he was in the front line he realised that it was the exact opposite of what he thought it would be. He uses nature and the natural world to represent this evil place but also in his poetry the natural world is the soldier's one source of comfort. So in this essay I am going to discuss how Owen portrays the natural world in his poems 'Spring Offensive' and 'Exposure'. To begin with the tone in 'Spring Offensive' changes as the poem progresses. This mimics the mood of the soldiers. Even though the tone changes throughout the poem it is noticeable that the theme of the soldiers not wanting to go into war. Even in the 'quiet' moments in the poem the threat of suffering is present. However, the tone in 'Exposure' is different to the tone in 'Spring Offensive' because the tone in 'Exposure' is mainly one of frustration, despair and desolation. ...read more.


Further more, the imagery in 'Spring Offensive' changes in every stanza to create a different feeling each time. The poem starts of by making the soldiers sound like they are beasts; "they fed, and eased of pack-loads, were at ease". Also it tells us that the soldiers are accepting that they are going to die. I know this from the line "knowing their feet had come to the end of the world". It also goes on to make nature sound like its comforting the soldiers as "marvelling they stood, and watched the long grass swirled". It also makes summer sound like it is helping the soldiers forget about the pain they are suffering; "and though the summer oozed into their veins, like an injected drug for their bodies pains". Then the feeling of war being heroic returns with nature offering golden gifts to the soldiers; "blessed with gold their slow boots" but it is still letting us know that the soldiers are reluctant to go into war; "slow boots". The use of the simile "like sorrowing arms" unites nature with the natural suffering of the families left behind. ...read more.


the signs of death are shared by the corpses and by the living. The men are described as "ghosts" because the suffering of war has caused the men to die inside; this means they aren't vulnerable to emotions anymore. The dreams the soldiers have are concentrated on nature in its restored form, "grassier ditches...littered with blossoms" this idealised view of nature only exists in a wishful form. Also the language in 'Spring Offensive' tries to affect the reader's emotions. The poem starts of with harsh constant 'K' sounds which are aurally discomforting; "to face the stark, blank sky beyond the ridge". This mimics the soldiers' distressing existence. It also goes on to use of the connective "so", this suggests harmlessness and ordinariness but it introduces the deathly action of their charge. The language in 'Exposure' is used in the same way as the language in 'Spring Offensive'. There are harsh consonant sounds and sibilance emphasises the bitter and bleak conditions of the men. So to conclude Owen uses nature and seasons to show that he thinks that war is an awful place and that you feel the negative effects of war even if you aren't involved in a battle at that time. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE English Coursework Craig Wilkinson GCSE English Coursework Craig Wilkinson ...read more.

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