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The Send-Off, by Wilfred Owen, is an ironic and dark humored description of how the soldiers

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Introduction

Benjamin Goldenstein English 11 SL Ms. Capur The Send-Off The Send-Off, by Wilfred Owen, is an ironic and dark humored description of how the soldiers we're sent off to the battlefront, during World War I (keyword "The Send-Off"). In this poem, Owen conveys to us that the soldiers are being sent to their doom. From the very start we sense the soldiers' lost fate. The soldiers go to the train, they are singing joyfully, as if they are being sent to a country picnic, but of course the narration is omniscient, we know what lies ahead of them, and so simultaneously the lanes are darkening around them. ...read more.

Middle

The irony present in this poem is best seen in the tone of the poem. When the question arises, whether the soldiers will come back to a great parade of joy on their homecoming and it great numbers, in "wild train-loads," Owen rhetorically answers first "a few," then again "a few" and finally "too few for drums and yells." The loss of life during the war will be to tragic for anybody to celebrate, and too few soldiers will return for anybody to celebrate. And when the few soldiers come back, there will be no joy to return to, and so they "creep back, silent, to village wells, up half-known roads." ...read more.

Conclusion

The irony is also seen in the contradiction of terms, the "grimly gay" faces and the "casual tramp," we sense a premonition that something is wrong, almost like dark omens, normally one stares down a tramp, but when a tramp is foremost casual, and then stares one down as if something bad is going to happen, something is very, very wrong. The tramp and the porters have seen this situation repeat itself many times, young men sent off to their probable death, and so they stare hard and miss them each and every time, a continuous repeating tragedy. In conclusion, The Send-Off by Wilfred Owen is altogether a protest against the situation the soldiers are being sent to, and in the uncaring manner, in which they are being sent. ...read more.

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