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When Johnny, reads from his diary, the narrator changes perspective to the first person. Because dates are important in this novel (dates such as Owen's fated day of death and Johnny's diary dates) a time change illustrates a change in not only Johnny's physical world but also in his amount of maturity and knowledge.
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However, the poet also introduces contrast between soft sounds and hard sounds. The "d" sound in contrast with the "s" sound represents the contrast between the white oppressors and the enslaved blacks. Enslaved and lynched, denied a human place The contrast between hard and soft (blacks and whites) continues. The reader realizes the importance of the continuous hissing as it is repeated in the word "Enslaved", the title of the poem. In the great life line of the Christian West; The poet introduces religion in this line. In keeping with the contrast he has established, the poet uses one word to demonstrate it in this line.
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The word 'youth' accentuates his message of the wrong of the war. Owen achieves this as youth conjures thoughts of naivety and innocence that creates even greater pathos then he would achieve had he used the word men. 'Doomed youth' has the use of assonance in the sound with the intention to be drawn out and lugubrious. The poem asks and answers the following question, what funeral and ceremonies are there for the soldiers that die as cannon fodder?
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'Where the sheep feed quietly and take no head', this line gives a very peaceful and tranquil image and creates a large contrast of the war. This theme continues with a very calm and natural image as it goes on, 'on Severn river under the blue'. The colloquial language used also emphasises the fact of the unspoiled image of the landscape around them. The 'violets of pride, purple from Severn side' are used very effectively contrasting with the harshness of the war that killed the young man.
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Owen uses words the men would have used and uses alliteration and metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. There is a definite rhyme scheme to this poem and some lines do not fit into this. These lines stick out and draw the reader in and create a point. The most poignant lines are the ones that do not fit in and they also are the most important ones, which the poem centres around. In these most important lines there is quite a lot of repetition, which reinforces the importance of them. In the first few lines Owen uses some quite descriptive similes such as 'coughing like hags'.
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I consider the reference to nature, in particular, to be very important and effective. It is expressed clearly, in a physical sense, in the first line of the first stanza, although Owen does continue this use throughout the poem. 'Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knive us...' This line shows the 'merciless'/evil wind, nature, to have premeditated causing a pain to the soldiers. This, and that the wind causes a physical pain, 'ache', to the soldiers personifies the weather. The diction in this line, for example, the repetition of s sounds, called sibilance, represents the sound of the wind.
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There is a subtle change in Owen's attitude towards Manus. When Doalty refers to Manus as a "stupid bloody fool" for running away, Own says, "I told him that." This shows his concern for his brother, since he advised him to stay and defend himself. Also, when Lancey asks about Manus' whereabouts, Owen blatantly lies saying that he is at a wake. He directly defies the English in order to protect his brother, and hopefully buy him some more time. When Captain Lancey enters to inform them on the course of action in response to the disappearance of Yolland, Owen is shocked at the coldness and detachment of his words.
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