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Comparison Essay between "Out-Out" and "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen and Robert Frost.

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Comparison Essay Of ?Out-Out? and ?Disabled?. Both Wilfred Owen and Robert Frost use techniques such as careful diction, imagery and sentence structure to convey their agendas. They both outline how a single even can end the childhood of a young man prematurely and what effect it has on both of their lives. The two poems stimulate a sense of pity within us and furthermore, Owen stimulates a sense of outrage that men are allowed to join the army below the set age. Both poets use graphic description and effective diction as a means to stimulate a sense of horror within the reader. Both poets use an omniscient narrator to give the reader a larger overview of all of the events. By using an omniscient narrator it enables the reader to know all of the characters? feelings and this would not have been possible by using a first or second person narrator. Interestingly Frost changes the speaker during his poem to the first person. This change in narrator is very effective as it highlights the sudden harsh realisation of the situation the young man is in. It is also a very dramatic change in direction within the poem because before this change in narrator, the poem had been neutral and non-judgmental but now, the narrator?s own opinion comes to the fore and this changes how we view the poem. For example, the narrator says: ?I wish they had said? which is an opinion of the narrator. Previously we had felt more detached and distanced from the events because of the omniscient narrator but because of this change and because of the introduction of opinions it starts to become more judgmental and feel more real. ...read more.

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Frost uses very few exclamation marks and in this instance he uses it to make the reader focus on the hand and how gruesome it is, this works very well. Frost also centers his poem around the idea of it being hideously comic. For example the boy is described as crying out with a ?rueful laugh?, the boy is obviously so shocked that his whole hand has been cut off that he finds it comical. It is ridiculous that the boy finds his hand being cut off is so comical but so is a boy doing a man?s work, Frost is trying to convey how ridiculous it is that this young boy, who laughs at his hand being cut off, is doing the work of a man. Frost carries the idea of the event being hideously comic by using the phrase ?half an appeal, but half as if to keep the life from spilling? which means the boy is literally holding his hand in place so it will not fall off. this supports Frost?s idea of the event being hideously comic. In ?Disabled? the reader does not read to rhyme because the punctuation does not allow it. There is not an artificial iambic rhythm in ?Out-Out? because the poet does not want the poem to sound jolly. The poem looks coherent but it is not, it is disjointed, much like the character in the poem. Frost uses a very small sentence in the second half of the poem after the tragic event has happened which is very powerful and effective and has very many meanings, which is ?So.?. ...read more.

Conclusion

To conclude, I personally prefer ?Out-Out? because it is centered around one single event and it is told in almost real time. I feel it captures the graphic scenes better than ?Disabled? by using careful effective diction and the whole idea of it being comically gruesome. I also feel that because the poem is told in real time the reader feels less distanced to the events than in ?Disabled? because you are not constantly flicking between times and places. I feel that Robert Frost succeeds in conveying his agenda because he shows how the pure carelessness of a child means that he can be killed instantly in the wrong situation as the boy was in ?Out-Out?. However, I do feel that ?Disabled: does show the changing attitude of the general public towards servicemen and servicewomen between 1915 and the present day very well. In ?Disabled? it talks about how the boy would be put into institutions and how people were more concerned about a goal in a game of football than the safe return of a serviceman. Since Iraq and Afghanistan the general public does not have the same attitude towards our armed forces. For example before 2002, men returning from war were discouraged from coming back in uniform but now when our armed forces return we have large parades for them and it is a joyous occasion. Another example is that Wootton Basset was turned into Royal Wootton Basset just because that is where servicemen return to. Previously, returning armed forces were put into institutions and shut away but now there are huge charities with the sole purpose to raise money for injured servicemen so they can lead a normal life. ...read more.

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