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Wilfred Owen - War poetry.

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Introduction

In Exposure Owen describes how cold it is. He says "the merciless iced east wind that knife us". This means that the wind is so cold it feels like that you are being stabbed at every gusted of wind. He also says that everyone is tired and hungry and it is hard to stay awake. The soldiers want to go home. They are just standing they doing nothing and they are wondering why they are here, as they are doing nothing. They think that the wind is worst them the German army, as the wind is hurting them and the Germans haven't. In "Exposure" he continuously says, but nothing happens, but something is happening and that is that they are dying from the cold. In "Dulce et Decrorum est" Owen uses two similes to describe the physical conditions of the soldiers. He says that they are "bent double like old beggars under sacks. Knocked kneed coughing like hags". They are compared to old beggars and hags as their clothes are ragged, and they are dirty and cold. Owen says that the soldiers march a sleep". This means that even though that they are walking along they are tired and they can barley stay awake and they want to go to sleep, but they are afraid to go to sleep as if they do they will get killed. ...read more.

Middle

Owen says that the sight of the man dying from the gas attack haunts him in his dreams. Owen says that the gas attack is so horrible it is all he thinks about. In the final stanza (stanza 4), He says that the dead soldiers are "flung" into the death wagon. He says this to suggest that the people are just thrown into the wagon and they don't care about the person who has died and they just forget about him. To them it is just another dead body. Owen says "eyes withering in his face. He describes the peoples eyes like this as he can see everyone's eyes and they all look sad and they want to cry. Owen says that the soldiers face look like "devil sick of sin". This means that the soldiers faces looks like the devils face and the devils face would even look sick seeing all the people getting killed. Owen uses a simile to describe the soldiers. I know this as he uses the world "like". Owen wants us to image the sound of blood as it comes "gargling" up from his lungs-he is literally choking on his blood. ...read more.

Conclusion

Owen says the bullets are less deadly than the cold, Owen says this as the cold is hurting them and the bullets haven't. He also makes the snowflakes seem alive. Owen repeats "nothing happens" in the last lines of most of the stanzas. The soldiers fear that in the morning they may be dead. They think that they will get killed from the cold, not the soldiers. Owen says that the frost fastens to the mud and us, this makes the frost seem alive. In line twenty-six he says, "the doors are closed", this suggest that they are not welcome, in response they return back to there dyeing. Owen also says, "for love god is dyeing" this means that they have lost faith in God, because thousands of people have been killed in the war. Conclusion Overall, Owen thinks that the war is horrible. Some of the words that Owen uses to describe the war and the trenches are, bitter cold condition, boredom, poor physical conditions, exhausts the soldiers, fear of dyeing. Not once does Owen describe the war as good or glorious, this makes it easier to tell that Owen thinks the war is a bad thing. Overall I prefer the poem Exposure, as I think that it was easier to understand. ...read more.

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