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Wilfred Owen is famously known for his graphic and descriptive poems of World War 1.

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Khazrul Kamaludin 13Y Ms. Rupchand -English Wilfred Owen is famously known for his graphic and descriptive poems of World War 1. His experiences as a soldier in the trenches during the World War enabled him to distinctively produce poems that recall personal events during the battle. Poems such as 'The Sentry' and 'Exposure' are based on great and intense occurrence of the war and they also show soldiers under unendurable stress and paranoia. The fascinating aspect of Owen's poems is that he effectively conveys the reality and effects of war on individuals, which is a direct comparison to Alfred Tennyson, whose poems primarily show a sense of patriotism and glory of war. Instead of honouring and praising the war, Owen lets the people at 'home' know that war is not simply a playful game of battle, but of suffering and destruction. The poem, 'Disabled', reflects on after-effects and consequences of war, setting an image of a disabled soldier and the physical disadvantages that has now burdened him for the rest of his life. ...read more.


'The Sentry' is an extremely personal poem as it is based on an account of Owen's great intense experience in the trenches. The poem is basically made up of iambic verses and opens almost conversationally, "We'd found an old Boche dug-out, and he knew." The language is exceptionally used to create an image of the situation and event. The gap at line 10 would probably suggest that Owen is looking for his readers to pause and gasp. This would also explain why the gap is directly situated after the word 'corpses'. There is a direct and clear reference with 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' when Owen says, "There we herded from the blast". The first line of this other poem reads out, "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?" Certainly, the emphasis on brutality and comparison of humans with animals within these two poems are connected. The uses of onomatopoeia is energetic when Owen describes the hard-hitting sounds of assault with words such as 'buffeting', 'thumping' and 'pummeled'. ...read more.


The actual term, 'The burying-party' somehow gives us an idea of the conclusion of the battle. However, the repetition of, 'But nothing happens' at the last line makes us wonder whether there was an actual battle or not. Therefore, what is suggested is that the soldiers died from the stinging and bitter icy conditions. From reading and analysing Wilfred Owen's poems, I was able to clearly see and identify how he realistically conveys and expresses the harsh reality and brutality of the war. The poems that I have studied concern and emphasize the physical as well as the psychological effects that the soldiers had to cope with during and after the war. It is the horrific descriptions in Owen's poems that accentuate the whole true meaning of war. I know that there are some of us who choose to believe the glorious side of war and be patriotic, but I believe that it is a senseless act of brutality. Owen himself describes how harsh and barbaric war is in his poems and convey an expression of regret and sorrow, especially in 'Exposure' and it is this aspect of his writing that intrigues me most when reading his poems. ...read more.

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