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    Making Close Reference to Language, Imagery and Verse Form, Consider the Ways in which the Horror of War is Presented in Exposure.

    Here the use of 'our' in the first line of the poem creates a sense of empathy for the soldiers and Owen. As well as this, the personification of the winds creates the image that the soldiers are being attacked at all sides, by different enemies. This adds to the horrors of war by implying there is no escape for the helpless soldiers. Throughout the majority of the poem, the darkness is described as metaphysical: "The poignant misery of dawn begins to grow" By stating that the darkness has forces outside of this world, the reader gains an impression the it is evil, and creates a growing sense of fear inside the soldiers, adding to their horrors in the battlefield.

    • Word count: 790
  2. Peer reviewed

    How does Wilfred Owen portray the horrors of war through his use of language in Dulce et Decorum Est?

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    Unexpected and contrasting descriptions of the soldiers such as referring to them as "bent double, like old beggars under sacks", and associating them with animals by referring to them as "blood shod", also changes the reader's perception of what conditions were like during the war. In relation to their harsh portrayal, Owen uses similes such as "coughing like hags" to help produce a pitiful sense of anguish for the soldiers, as well as, for emphasis on their weariness, and both mental and physical strain, verbs such as "trudge", "limped" and "bent".

    • Word count: 798
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    Discuss how Owen portrays the horrors of war in Dulce et Deocrum Est

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    This simile suggests that the gas is so corrosive and poisonous that it would burn your skin. And if it was inhaled it would fill the lungs with fluid and had the same effects as when a person drowned. This simile is effective in portraying the horrors of war and startles the reader. The second technique which is used by Owen to portray the horrors of war is the effective usage of alliteration. This is apparent when he describes the eyes of a soldier to be twisting in pain in the line "And watch the white eyes writhing in his face" as a result of not putting his gas mask on in time of the gas attack.

    • Word count: 911
  4. Peer reviewed

    Analysis of Anthem for doomed Youth

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    However, the anthem is for 'Doomed Youth' which describes something negative. The poet shows his anger and bitterness in the first part of the poem. In the second part of the poem he expresses his sadness at the pathetic condition of the soldiers. The poem is a sonnet. The first stanza is mainly about the battlefield, whereas the second stanza is more about the reactions of friends and family back at home. The poem starts with a rhetorical question and is very intense from the starting. In order to express his ideas, Owen mixes the sad, calm images of a funeral with the chaotic, explosive images of a battlefield.

    • Word count: 753
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    Dulce et Decorum Est

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    The first stanza sets the scene and shows us the urgency of the situation. The poet does this by giving a vivid description of life on the front line. Wilfred Owen uses a variety of literary techniques to give us an image of what the horrors of war are really like. The use of similes and metaphors help to create that true gruesome picture of war. For example the use of the simile "coughing like hags" suggests, in the word "hags" there is evil around them and that war itself is evil.

    • Word count: 615
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    Doomed Youth

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    Throughout Owen skilfully evokes a sinister atmosphere by using various literary techniques to suggest the cold, ominous and sinister atmosphere of a funeral. In the first line of this sonnet Owen refers to the dead soldiers as "those who die as cattle", this simile introduces the idea of death and compares the deaths to those of cattle to suggest for the first time his theme that death in such circumstance is not glorious, but futile. He then further develops the sinister atmosphere by introducing the thought of a funeral, by using the word "bells" in the first line, this is then developed by mentioning "orisons", which are prayers at a funeral, in the forth line.

    • Word count: 736
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    How does Wilfred Owen use language and structure to explain the physical and mental effects of war on soldiers in 'Mental Cases', and 'Disabled'?

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    In addition to using different sentence structure in this poem, different language has also been used. For instance, the line "Why sit they here in twilight?" is linked to "Wherefore rock they, purgatorial shadows". They both mean that the soldiers are existing between heaven and hell. They are not living, but are teetering on the brink of death, being surrounding by a grey existence. I believe this part of the poem also makes the reader feel some what responsible for the soldiers, as the reader is being asked questions, but they are unable to answer them.

    • Word count: 939
  8. Peer reviewed

    Anthem for Doomed Youth

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    The images are the most important technique in which Wilfred Owen puts his message across. For example in the first line we are told about "passing-bells." Bells are tolled for the dead. The word 'passing' has various meanings, for example a bell that 'passes-by' on the way to the funeral. Passing can also refer to dying or passing-away. Owen uses words to enrich the meaning of his lines, supplying multiple ideas to a word. Another image in the first line is 'cattle' which is directed towards the soldiers who are slaughtered as if they were worthless cattle.

    • Word count: 748
  9. Peer reviewed

    Dulce et Decorum est - Appreciation Essay

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    This, however, was not the case for many of the soldiers. This poem could have been written about many battles, but more probably about 1916, when gas attacks were first tried and tested against the English. I think that this poem is about the Battle of Marne. In the first section of the poem, Wilfred Owen describes the soldiers at the front line as "Old beggars". He is telling us that these men are so tired that they do not know what they are doing.

    • Word count: 712
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    Describe an important theme and why it was important in 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen.

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    This is important as Owen vividly expressed the opposite idea. In the first line, "Bent doubled like old beggars under sacks", gives you a snap shot of what is not expected of a soldier, while comparing them to "old beggars", uncomfortable and undesirable. Then Owen goes onto describe the flares as haunting to the soldiers. This suggests that they are sick of war and despise the constant reminders of it. The rhyming pattern of AB, AB, CD, CD reflects the organisation and the vigorous marching of the soldiers.

    • Word count: 518
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    Explain how the poems reflect the changing attitudes to war. Comment on content, language and poets' purpose.

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    His main subject was to tell the people how heroic the soldiers were going to war. He wrote the poem as if he was a soldier himself. "If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field". This line is saying that if he dies at least he died for England. Also in the poem he expresses idealism through irony. His ironic lines such as "And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness". This really didn't happen in the war but helped families of the soldiers feel better. He also writes a lot about England.

    • Word count: 939
  12. Peer reviewed

    Summarise and explain the key elements of Futility by Wilfred Owen

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    Owen uses the sun as a metaphorical framework on which to hang his thoughts. The sun wakes us (lines 2 & 4), stimulates us to activity (3), holds the key of knowledge (7), gives life to the soil (8), gave life from the beginning, yet (13) in the end the "fatuous" sunbeams are powerless. "Move him into the sun". "Move" is an inexact word yet we feel the movement has to be gentle, just as the command has been quietly spoken.

    • Word count: 751
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    Analysis or Owen's "Dulce et decorum est".

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    The government wanted, young, fit and red-blooded men to enlist, to fight and die for their country. Thousand's of patriotic men enlisted. Wilfred Owen described the conditions endured by the men in the first stanza in more of a physical manner, emphasizing the men's appearance, positions and actions. From reading this stanza, I can identify that the men were clearly pushed to their physical limits, for example, "drunk with fatigue" or "men marched asleep" both suggest how extremely exhausted they were. Special camps were used in the war; a phrase that suggests this is "and towards our distant rest began to trudge". As the men slowed down with physical and mental drainage, their distant rest seems prolonged.

    • Word count: 683
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    Dulce Et Decorum Est And The Soldier

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    under an English Heaven" this coupled with the fact that the poem is written as a sonnet reiterates the feel of Love. Both poems are based on death in Wars. However Brooke paints a more glamorised and less direct picture of death "if I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field...blest by suns of home." This evokes the idealistic image of a perfect England in a 'Golden' age, such as many believe existed immediately prior to the First World War.

    • Word count: 728
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    Dulce Et Decorum Est.

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    A gas shell dropped behind them as they hurried to fit their gas masks: "An ecstasy of fumbling, fitting the clumsy helmets just in time." Because they were so exhausted they did not hear the noise of the gas shells dropping. One man did not fit his gas mask in time and inhaled the gas which began burning his lungs.

    • Word count: 511
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    Wilfred Owen 'Dulce et decorum est'.

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    The third is the man having bad dreams to do with the incident. The fourth is explaining if you had seen what he had seen you would not want to tell your children of these awful conditions. The rhyme scheme goes ABABCDCDEFEF I did not notice this at first, this is very good poetry and the words are well thought out. The similes in this poem are very good 'flound'ring like a man in fire or lime' this means the man was going all over the place and it was like he was on fire.

    • Word count: 849
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    Wilfred Owen`s War Poems.

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    Disabled shows the after effects of a soldier after this war ended. It shows how human beings not only loose parts of their bodies but also lose their future and their desire to live as portrated in the soldier that this poem is based on because he is not able to do the things that he used to do before being in the war. Mental Cases The narrator in this three stanza poem observes men in a mental hospital who suffer from what at the time was called shell shock and now might be labeled post-traumatic stress disorder.

    • Word count: 883
  18. What do Wilfred Owens poems reveal about his views on religion?

    Abraham was about to kill his son when an angel appeared and offered a ram instead of his son. Abraham obliged and killed the ram instead. In Wilfred Owens version, Abraham declined the offer of the ram and killed his son. "But the old man would not so, but slew his son, and half the seed of Europe, one by one." This line explains how Wilfred Owen depicts war. He uses this phrase as he thought war was started by man and all the older men were killing the opponents 'young,' "...and half the seed of Europe, one by one."

    • Word count: 809
  19. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen is a poem in which a significant moment reveals the central idea of the poem. The poet achieves this through many poetic techniques such as depersonalisation and alliteration.

    From the very start we are aware that the people who are dying are not considered important as the writer refers to the people as 'those'. Also the depersonalisation as he calls them 'cattle' implies that they were thought to be no more than animals. They also lose their own personal identities. 'Cattle' also implies that the men do not have voices and needs that anyone else - anyone human - can understand. As a reader I feel that opening the poem with a rhetorical question is very effective.

    • Word count: 798
  20. The Send-Off, by Wilfred Owen, is an ironic and dark humored description of how the soldiers

    Secondly, the soldiers are surrounded by wreath and spray, a wreath and a spray are decorative flower arrangements usually placed to honor the dead, like on a grave. The soldiers are said to be dead before they have even died, a "dead man walking" type of ironic proverb. Those same flowers are brought up again, in this case, as if the soldiers mock what the women meant by the offering of these flowers, the wreath and spray, almost as if the women know that the soldiers, their husbands and relatives: the men will die.

    • Word count: 504
  21. What is the role of Owen in Translations?

    He is a representative of the more forward - thinking Irish, such as himself and Maire. He and Maire realise that for the natural progression of the Irish society they need to work with the English and not against them. Owen has passed the cultural divide that exists between the Irish and English because he can communicate with them and understand their point of view. He has also progressed as an individual through knowledge and understanding. This could be Friel's way of saying that progress can only come after understanding. Manus can also speak English but chooses not to, this shows the importance of communication to progression.

    • Word count: 803
  22. Write a comparison of the ways the writers present the theme of friendship.

    Here there is a clear separation between enemy and friend, and a clear distinction through the way the writer feels towards both. Friendship seems to come across as a forever lasting bond, a bond of 'humanity' in which there are the highs and lows of life and anger being one of many emotions, however the relationship between enemies is simply about anger and hatred with nothing more. However, friendship and enemies in 'Strange Meeting' is presented in an opposite way to that of in 'Poison Tree.'

    • Word count: 677
  23. Dulce Et decorum est - review

    In the first stanza of the poem we are told much about the men's appalling conditions. Owen introduces the soldiers as 'Bent beggars' and 'knock kneed' this tells us that the soldiers are extremely tired, and are hunched. This description of the men shows us how physically ill they have now become. The simile 'curse like hags' is telling us how the soldiers cursed God for putting them through the hellish time that the have endured. By using the term 'sludge' Owen is describing to the readers what the ground has been turned into as it has been continuously hit with shells, and has been rained and trampled on.

    • Word count: 890
  24. Compare and contrast the ways in which faulks in the 'birdsong' and Owen in 'anthem for doomed youth' have attempted to convey the 'unsurpassable' in the depiction of the Somme. How far have they succeeded?

    'Anthem for doomed youth' took a different approach and opens the poem describing about what the soldiers did during the war than opening the stanza by describing the feelings and thoughts of the soldiers before the starting of the war. However, birdsong being a novel starts the scene in a patterned way, first the feelings of the soldiers before the war, during and after. On the other hand, Wilfred Owen took a completely different approach and opens with a sharp opening stanza, with shocking animalistic imagery. Birdsong and anthem for doomed youth can be compared and contrasted in different perspective.

    • Word count: 998
  25. Analysis of anthem for doomed youth.

    Typical of Owens poetry it is strongly preaching the message of anti-war, and also similar to Owens poems, it displays strong views and harsh imagery. Just going by the title of the poem, 'Anthem For Doomed youth', the thing that captures you most is the sense of irony and sarcasm in the title. When you hear the word anthem, it makes you think of your country's national anthem, which gives thoughts of hope and glory and perhaps doing the right thing for your country.

    • Word count: 706

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