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World War one was a great impact for many people. Even the way they thought. The poet Wilfred Owen expressed himself in many famous poems.

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Lianne Gilbert 11J War Poetry World War one was a great impact for many people. Even the way they thought. The poet Wilfred Owen expressed himself in many famous poems. For many, his poems symbolize the experience of the 'Great War'. Wilfred Owen was a remarkable young man. When he died he was around 25 years old, but his poetry has proved enduring and influential and is among the best known in the English language. All his poems seem to rhyme. He left behind a unique testament to the horrific impact of the First World War on an entire generation of young soldiers. Owens's work leaves one with an enduring sense of the tragedy of war. Owen used his strong sense of indignation to create a feeling of compassion for all the soldiers. As Owen himself experienced a deep horror and disgust at the reality of war. In the trenches he realized how horrific the war was and started to make notes about the conditions. ...read more.

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At the beginning of this poem you tend to find that really its on how the soldiers are returning to base camp. To show how much pain and misery the soldiers are encountering Owen uses a slow halting rhythm and to imitate how slow they are walking. This was due to the amount of weight they were carrying. It also tells you a lot of the conditions of the men. They were all exceptionally sweaty. ' Bent double, like hags' this illustrates how many of them were awfully ill with disturbing images in the mind, and ' Drunk with fatigue' where it displays how tired they were. The soldiers lying low, endlessly trudging through the mud with bloody feet is just dreadful. To make things worse, the noise made by the shells rushing through the air I think was quite painful for their ears. He uses words such as sludge, trudge, and haunting to describe the harsh conditions of the battlefield. ...read more.

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This shows that the soldiers panic during the gas attack. This genuinely gives the reader the image of the worn out soldiers suddenly changing into panic stricken men. ' Gas! Gas! Quick boys! It was sort of a feeling of hysteria. Owen also uses vocabulary such as stumbling, floundering, and fumbling to describe the desperate actions of the dying men. It also focuses on a soldier that dies, which unluckily had been caught out without his mask on. So the soldier had suffered an excruciatingly painful death. This is so emotional because the reader imagines being Owen and not being able to do anything to ease the pain of the helpless man. Owens's continues using metaphors when describing the atrocious scenes. 'As under a green sea, I saw him drowning'. This describes how the gas causes a thick green haze around the man. We get a comparison with the sea and the gas. Where this poor man's soul drowns. The verbs such as yelling and drowning give the reader a feeling of chaos. ...read more.

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