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"With specific focus on Wilfred Owens poems Futility, Anthem For Doomed Youth, Dulce et decorum est and Mental cases, evaluate

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"With specific focus on Wilfred Owens poems Futility, Anthem For Doomed Youth, Dulce et decorum est and Mental cases, evaluate the methods Owen uses to bring across his convictions, feelings and ideas, to you, the reader." "Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War. The poetry is in the pity... All a poet can do today is warn. That is why true Poets must be truthful." - Wilfred Owen, quoted in Voices In wartime, The Movie Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and killed in 1918. At Twenty-Five years of age, he was the greatest poet of the First World War. He wrote many poems about the First Great War, and some of the most memorable. He used a variety of techniques, using images of death and harsh conditions to really bring out his true view of the war. There are many different themes in these poems intertwined with one another. If we look at the poem, 'Futility', we can see here that the main theme is based around the futility and hostility of war. There are strong references, suggesting how it is a waste of life and a waste of youth, it is proving that life I sacred and should not be looked upon as a worthy cause. ...read more.

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The way in which Wilfred Owen describes the things he has seen in his life, through his poems, create specific and strong images in the mind, sometimes disturbing and sometimes providing emotional experiences, which he has been through. The language he uses is vivid and energetic and creates a lifelike atmosphere of conditions in the war. 'Futility' describes the death in the trenches and the wastefulness of war, the poem is quite short, and does not contain very adventurous adjectives, which means it is harder to imagine things which he is describing in the stanzas. You really have to concentrate and evaluate each line to take the most out of it. I think that the other poems are much easier to look at and give your mind an easier task of creating images. I think the language used in 'Anthem For Doomed Youth', is very good and really interesting. The way he uses similes and metaphors is the most effective in creating pictures. Comparing guns to 'monstrous anger' makes the guns seem human in a way and therefore much more horrific and realistic, this poem gives an insight to the emotional experiences soldiers went through and the suffering that went on in the trenches. ...read more.

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'These men whose minds the dead have ravished, memory fingers in their hair for murders, multitudinous murders they once witnessed' This is a powerful statement, describing the torture these men went through, he has a great knowledge of trench warfare and the effects of such conditions, he has strong personal views on the subject. There is no set structure to the poem, it is rather random and disjointed, this is reflective of Owen and his comrade's madness and retardation. Wilfred Owens wartime poems are all individual in their own way, some are more complex than others, some have sub-conscious meanings, some are simple and vivid in the way they create images in your head, where as others need a lot of attention and thought to fully understand. |I most enjoyed reading mental cases and Dulce et decorum est, although I also believe that Futility and Anthem for doomed youth have a very important message, which is conveyed with great skill. I believe that the quote I inserted at the top of the page sums up his poetry, he was a voice of guidance to younger generations first, and a poet second. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Jack Stalker 10T ...read more.

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