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How does Wilfred Owen present the horror and reality of war in his poems?

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English Literature Coursework assignment Wilfred Owen war poetry How does Wilfred Owen present the horror and reality of war in his poems? Introduction 'Shivering in his ghastly suit of grey, legless sewn short at elbow.' This is just one quotation from one of Wilfred Owens poems Disabled that really brings the horror and reality of war to life. Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th of March 1893 and was killed in action on the 4th of November 1918 five days before the end of the war. I am going to concentrate on 4 of his poems: Exposure-Is a poem about his experience of war in wintertime, Anthem for Doomed Youth- In sonnet form, Anthem for Doomed Youth is an elegy, a lament for the dead, Disabled-Is a poem about a wounded soldier who has lost all of his limbs it is a sympathetic and sad poem, Dulce-is his personal account of a gas attack he concentrates on one of his fellow comrades that he had to watch choke/drown to death. This poem was written in 1917 by Wilfred Owen, it is a poem about war in wintertime and is written from his personal experience. ...read more.

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'Therefore were born' they believe they were born to protect their country. This part of the poem seems to show Owen's patriotism as opposed to anger and bitterness in the other poems. Stanza 8 is all about them trying to burry the dead soldiers Wilfred Owen uses very vivid words to describe the horrible reality of bury their fellow soldiers and friends 'half known faces. All their eyes are ice' this tells us that the dead might have been hard to recognize because their faces may have been half destroyed. Poem 2 - Anthem for Doomed Youth Edinburgh's Craiglockhart Hospital in August 1917 marked a turning point in Owen's life as a poet. A remarkable writing period was just beginning. In sonnet form, Anthem for Doomed Youth is an elegy, a lament for the dead, and a judgement on Owen's experience of war rather than an account of the experience itself. In this poem Wilfred Owen compares funerals back home in England and what the soldiers get when they get killed in battle. This poem can link back to exposure the link is that they both talk about the dead soldiers, this poem points out that when the soldiers where killed in battle there were no funerals, the soldiers ...read more.

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'Floundering' is what they're already doing (in the mud) but here it takes on more gruesome implications as Owen introduces himself into the action through witnessing his comrade dying in agony and he can do nothing about it. In this stanza he used lots of adjectives 'yelling' 'stumbling' 'floundering' to make the scene more energetic and violent. Stanza 3 was the aftermaths of the gas attack, the horror is that Wilfred Owen had to watch one of his friends die 'plunges at me' before 'my helpless sight', an image Owen will not forget. In Stanza 4 Owen attacks those people at home who promote war and unaware of what really happened. If only they might experience Owen's own 'smothering dreams'. Wilfred Owen describes the dieing man in gruesome detail to present the horror and reality of war 'we flung him in' suggests that the man was desperate and struggling 'white eyes writhing in his face...the blood come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs' like the was drowning. The poem that made the biggest impression on me was Dulce because it was the most disturbing poem of the 4. I think that Owen has expressed the horror and reality very well by using his personal experiences. ...read more.

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