• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

GCSE: Wilfred Owen

Browse by

Currently browsing by:

Word count:
fewer than 1000 (11)
1000-1999 (2)
2000-2999 (1)

Meet our team of inspirational teachers

find out about the team

Get help from 80+ teachers and hundreds of thousands of student written documents

  • Marked by Teachers essays 6
  • Peer Reviewed essays 25
  1. Marked by a teacher

    Wilfred Owen Poetry Comparison.

    4 star(s)

    The pace then quickens during the final stanza (a rhythm achieved by the use of lines with fewer syllables and run-on endings), so that it contrasts with Owen's poignant conclusion given in the last four lines, drawing our attention to this particular point, the whole meaning of the poem as far as the poet is concerned. "If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Bitter as the cud." In contrast, the second of Owen's poems, 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', can be easily distinguished from many of his other works, as it is, infact, a sonnet.

    • Word count: 2153
  2. Peer reviewed

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

    5 star(s)

    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
  3. Peer reviewed

    With specific focus on Wilfred Owen's Futility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum est, and Mental Cases evaluate the methods the poet uses to bring across his convictions, feelings and ideas.

    5 star(s)

    Owen insists these soldiers are not to blame, for 'we' dealt them this "tormented" fate. Anthem is a similar reversal, where Owen utilizes heavenly elements, "orisons". Yet, these spiritual references are used negatively: the only true regret is the "holy glimmers of goodbyes" in the dying soldiers' eyes. The gloriousness of Heaven and God is ignored, extending the distressing impact of the poem on the reader, as similar devilish imagery is used in other poems, such as the gas victim's "devil sick of sun" face in Dulce.

    • Word count: 1999
  4. Peer reviewed

    An analysis of the poetry of Wilfred Owen with specific reference to language used.

    5 star(s)

    Owen was send to Craiglockhart Hospital, in Edinburgh, and met Siegfried Sassoon, another war poet. In August 1918 Owen was declared fit and returned to the Western front. He fought at Beaurevoir-Fonsomme, where he was awarded the Military Cross. Wilfred Owen died on 4th November 1918, killed by machine gun fire leading his men across the Sambre Canal, just a week before the Armistice was signed. The poetry Owen wrote reveals his feelings towards the ordinary soldier during wartime. Wilfred Owen's poetry conveys a graphic and more truthful tale of war than the propaganda of the time. Owen made people understand how bad it actually was by using extremely powerful images of the worst bits.

    • Word count: 1312
  5. Peer reviewed

    Discuss how Owen portrays the horrors of war in Dulce et Deocrum Est

    4 star(s)

    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
  6. Peer reviewed

    Analysis of Anthem for doomed Youth

    4 star(s)

    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
  7. Peer reviewed

    Dulce et Decorum Est

    4 star(s)

    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
  8. Peer reviewed

    Doomed Youth

    4 star(s)

    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
  9. Peer reviewed

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

    4 star(s)

    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
  10. Peer reviewed

    Anthem for Doomed Youth

    4 star(s)

    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
  11. Peer reviewed

    Dulce et Decorum est - Appreciation Essay

    4 star(s)

    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
  12. Peer reviewed

    Describe an important theme and why it was important in 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen.

    4 star(s)

    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
  13. Peer reviewed

    Explain how the poems reflect the changing attitudes to war. Comment on content, language and poets' purpose.

    4 star(s)

    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
  14. Peer reviewed

    Summarise and explain the key elements of Futility by Wilfred Owen

    4 star(s)

    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

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?

Marked by a teacher

This document has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the document.

Peer reviewed

This document has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the document page.

Peer reviewed

This document has been reviewed by one of our specialist student document reviewing squad. Read the full review under the document preview on this page.