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Which account has the most powerful impact on you and why? The Sentry and the letter, that Wilfred Owen wrote, are both powerful accounts of the war. Personally, both accounts become more effective as Owen experienced war first hand. Due to Owen's first hand experiences he could use honesty as a form of dramatic effect. Although, because people knew Owen was a soldier of war, he could exaggerate to the reader to provide another form of dramatic effect. The purposes, of both the poem and the letter, is to show how horrendous the war actually was. The Sentry goes further to explain a particular incident using speech as, 'he whined, "Oh sir, my eyes"'. This helps you visualise a realistic account of how horrific Owen's surroundings were at the time. The purpose explaining the war, to the readers of the poem and to his mother through the letter, was because Owen knew that people at home away from war didn't have any knowledgable facts about what was truthfully going on. The poem helps show the reader what was going through Owen's mind at the time of the war aswell. ...read more.


The words 'blast' onto the page and get 'Hammered' into your head so you feel the true pain that people had to go through. In comparison to The Sentry, where there is loud descriptive text, Owen gives the letter a blunt desciption of war. Owen gives the impression that he is trying to make his mother feel slightly guilty that he is being murdered while, 'I suppose, you would be going to church' as if nothing is happening. The onomatopeoias within the letter gives the impression that Owen is spitting with annoyance as his 'machine gun spluttered'.As Owen explains how horrific and deadly the war is, he seems to exaggerate every point as it was not just dark but, 'it was of course dark, too dark.' Owen also writes metaphorically to prove a point of it not just being muddy but, 'an octopus of sucking clay'. Although the letter is not completely poetic you can see from evidence that Owen was a poet and could describe using imagery and give a dramatic effect to prove a point. ...read more.


Even as Owen uses speech of one of the sentry you get the impression that Owen has seen this happen over and over again. Personally, this did not make me sympathise with this individual but for the many who were wounded and suffered in this distressing way. The Sentry and the letter both are powerful accounts of war in their individual way. In my opinion, The Sentry became most powerful as, 'we heard him shout "I see your lights!"' The impact on the last sentance, of the poem, gave you a slight hint of hope but shows most people knew or thought that the war was going to end their life. The light could mean many different things but to me it meant the individual thought he may survive. This sentance brought the war into perspective that solidiers are sent to war to die and many knew they would actually be ending their lives as hope for them 'had long died out'. In my opinion, The Sentry came across most powerful as I felt the sublime effects not just from Owen himself but from his descriptive imagery around him. Words: 956 ?? ?? ?? ?? Caroline Gillinder Liz Little - A2 ...read more.

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