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In reference to at least two of his poems, explain what makes Wilfred Owen such a great War poet.

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In reference to at least two of his poems, explain what makes Wilfred Owen such a great War poet. During this essay, analysis and reports will be made on the various qualities that show the poet Wilfred Owen and his war time poetry as the greatest of all time. During this essay, the poems "Dulce et decorum est," and "Exposure," will be analysed, with references to "The Sentry." Reports will be given as to why Wilfred Owen's brilliant story telling abilities, his uniquely real and uncensored writing style, and his terrifying experiences with the war all tie together to make such a revolutionary and successful war poet. Now however, this essay will review his life before and during the war, and how this affects Owen's writing style and the subjects of his poetry. Born and raised with an originally wealthy upbringing in Shropshire, from a young age Wilfred had a passion and ambition to become a poet. Despite this large degree of interest however, Owen in his younger years wrote poems with little significance and success. This was mostly due to the too complex romantic language he used, and the writing of dull, commonly written about items. ...read more.


From Wilfred Owen's poem "Dulce et Decorum est," he writes "in all my dreams, before my helpless sight." The first section of this quotation, where he writes "in all my dreams," he may be seen to be referring to several different things. Firstly, he may be referring to how he is repeatedly forced to witness this event during his nightmares, thus his later reference to his "helpless sight," as you cannot help what you see in your dreams, and cannot interfere. He could also be seen however, to be making a reference to how helpless he felt at the time, thus comparing it to a dream, as like a dream he could do nothing to help the suffering, dying man. Also, Wilfred Owen may be seen to be making a reference to the poor quality of the equipment on hand, as with the gas mask on, he is struggling to see the man dying through the dirty lenses. Another trait of the psychological side of Wilfred Owen's poetry was how he showed the fatigue of the soldiers, with references such as "drunk with fatigue" demonstrating this. Here, Owen compares how the soldiers are reacting to their tiredness to being drunk, again helping the reader to understand and picture how the soldiers are effected by this. ...read more.


This would also tie in with the next possibility, which is that he was writing his poetry to discredit and undermine the other war poets, thus overcoming his betrayal, and also saving people from joining. Finally, he may have written his poems simply to come to term with what had happened, so that he could move on. This would explain why when he was in Craiglockhard, he had such a massive poetry spree, because he had so much to come to term with, in so little time. To conclude, Wilfred Owen was a completely revolutionary and a greatly talented war poet. His main strength was the unrivalled and uncensored amount of realism he placed inside his poetry, with his disturbing and vivid quotes such as "Obscene as cancer, a bitter as the cud." He was almost the only poet who allowed the reader to actually be fully aware of what the war was like, putting him miles ahead of nearly every other poet. Just as staggering is how perfectly he shows the psychological profile of himself and the men he fought besides. "Wearied we keep awake because the night is silent." Because of all these qualities, Wilfred Owen carried out his incentive perfectly: To tell people about the war he was fighting in, thus preventing many making the mistake he made of joining. ...read more.

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