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GCSE: Wilfred Owen
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Owen's considerable body of war poetry, traditional in form, is a passionate expression of outrage at the horrors of war and of pity for the young soldiers sacrificed in it. Dulce et Decorum est actually means it is good and proper to die for ones country. This title is meant to be sarcasm he uses sarcasm to emphasise that was is a terrible thing and that there is no point in going to war.
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The government are trying to hide the fact that the soldiers have no life ahead of them, they have a doomed future, 'There Breasts Were Stuck All White With Wreath And Spray As Mens Are DEAD' this suggests to me a connection with funerals. In contrast 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' is about what War is actually like. Wilfred Owen is trying to put a point across that death is not glorious which are totally the opposite of what the title suggests and the last few words of the Poem, which are 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'Pro Patria Mori'.
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“My subject is war and the pity of war”. - Compare and contrast Owen’s treatment of his subject in two of his poems. You should discuss in detail Owen’s use of language, form and poetic technique.
are replaced by the "anger of the guns", choirs are replaced by "wailing shells", candles are replaced by the shining tears in the eyes of their loved ones and only the "slow dusk" at sunset is left to pay respect to them instead of the "drawing down of blinds". "Dulce et decorum est (pro patria mori)" means "It is sweet and right (to die for your country)". This title alone proposes the assumption of a patriotic, pro-war poem. However, the poem begins by shocking the reader with quite the contrary.
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Describe the conditions on the battlefield in of World War One as conveyed through the poems “Dulce et Decorum est”, “Anthem for Doomed Youth” both by Wilfred Owen and “from: Counter-Attack by Siegried Sassoon.
However the devil is supposed to cause sin. This quote is of great importance as it implies the frightful conditions soldiers are enduring as they fight and then die on the battlefield. In "Anthem for Doomed Youth" death is written in a different light it is showing the soldiers families mourning for their deaths. The first line in the poem "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?" is using a simile to convey the conditions on the battlefield. The men are referred to as cattle being rounded up ready to fight and then be brutally killed with no concern given to any individual man.
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In his poem, it seems to be an anecdote of what happened in a certain event in the war. "Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind Drunk with fatigue" Dulce Et Decorum Est It shows that war wasn't all about glory, but it was about the suffering of the soldiers. I think that in this poem he has done well to emphasise his point in argument to Jessie Pope. Although Wilfred Owen died two days before the war ended, his poem will be talked about for a long time.
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He was awarded the Military Cross for exceptional bravery in the field and was killed by machine gun fire in November 1918, just before the Armistice. He died before the book of poetry in which he planned to show the subject of ... War and the pity of War. could be published. Siegfried Sassoon completed Owen's Collected Poems in 1920. They stand as a tragic memorial to his early death. The poem is written as an English sonnet, comprising of fourteen lines with the rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg.
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Alan Bennet's first task is to create a character we can understand or relate to. So how does he make Wilfred seem normal, ie someone we can relate to. The first time in the monologue where Bennet does this is in the first paragraph. Wilfred is shown in a park attendant uniform, so he has a job just like an average man, he also starts complaining about the state of the park. Alan Bennet uses, extreme words like "filth" instead of dirty to create the sense that Wilfred is as disgusted as the audience might be.Character response to the situation
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Choose two poems from your selection of First World War Poetry, which have made a deep impression on you and examine how the poet communicates to us his feelings.
Stanza two is very short, it is also very ironic. The words 'wreath and spray' are normally associated with funerals. The men have been given these wreaths, possibly suggesting that they are going to die, in reality they were given to them as good luck presents. Wilfred Owen has given us a different view of this topic, we can see it as if they have been given their last presents, a present of peace and security. In stanza three, even though there is a suggestion of death, the atmosphere is very unceremonious.
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The poem is primarily about the soldiers at war and the conditions that they suffered. It is also about them dying and struggling for their gas masks as they get gassed. In stanza 1, Wilfred Owen shows the horror of war by using lots of Similes and Metaphors which helps the readers' picture in their head more vivid, Wilfred Owen also uses similes to add sound to the pictures in the readers' head which makes the setting seem more realistic an example of this is "...
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She is addressed sarcastically in the last stanza as "My friend". The message of this poem is clear; if the people back home saw "in some smothering dream" this scene, they would not think it "sweet and honourable to die for your country". Owen's point is put across strongly in this poem by the sheer horror of the soldier's death, which is described in gory detail. The descriptions are generally brought to life with the texture of words and grizzly sensual imagery such as "cursed through sludge", "the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs" and "floundering like a man in fire or lime".
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Compare and Contrast Owen’s ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ and Brooke’s ‘the Soldier’
The objective of Owen needs no unearthing. When he depicts the scenes of brutal torment and excruciating affliction, he rekindles the reader's emotions from a somewhat dormant phase into one where sadness and anger are dominant. He describes what he beholds as 'blood gargling from the froth corrupted lungs | Bitter as the cud | Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues'. Such sad, vile images of nauseating happenings play on the reader's feelings, truly causing him/her to comprehend to what extent these soldiers are bereft of hope.
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The fact that their partner wouldn't stick by them was one reason but if they didn't join the whole society would look down on them with disgrace: they weren't men if they didn't fight for their country. "Dulce Et Decorum Est" speaks about the severe drowsiness of the soldiers on their way back from the front line and the sudden panic caused when the soldiers are hit unexpectedly with a gas attack. The poem begins with a simile, "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks".
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Wilfred Owens poem Dulce et Decorum Est is a very powerful and moving war poem. It is a protest against all innocent lives lost in the war
This effect is achieved throughout the poem with wide use of alliteration, imagery and emotive language. The poem can be viewed as a sonnet with 28 lines which follows the ABABCDCD rhyme scheme. ?Dolce et Decorum Est? contains 4 stanzas where the meter is mainly iambic pentameter, however there are some disruptions. For example in line 9, there are 11 syllables; the line starts with four consecutive stressed syllables ?Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!? Powerful words and exclamation marks draw our attention to the terrifying gas attack and panic the soldiers were facing.
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In his poems Wilfred Owen wanted to show the pity of war. Discuss how he manages to do this in Anthem for Doomed Youth and The Send-Off
In ?Anthem for Doomed Youth?, Wilfred shows the pity of war by comparing various events in real life with those on the field. The word ?Doomed? shows the many soldiers which will die or are already dead. He starts off by comparing the battlefield with a funeral. He says that basically they are being sent to their funerals by going to the battlefield because they are bond to die in the war. He compares the coffins with the trenches. He also compares the sound of the bombs in the battlefield to the bells in the church and that they do
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He strongly convinces the horror of the war to the readers who glamorize war. In the first stanza, he introduces the reader to the horror of the war by depicting the poor condition of the soldiers. ?Bent double, like old beggars under sacks?. Here, Wilfred Owen reveals how unclean and unhealthy the soldiers are by using simile with the word ?old beggars?. Irony is used in this place, as many people think that the soldiers are fit and healthy men with full of energy, however they are like old and sick beggars, who are often ragged and shabby.
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This makes it relatable to readers and it universalises the subject. Also the idea that he's "waiting for dark" has connotations that there is no light so there is no hope, and all he has left to do now is to wait for death so his suffering will come to an end. The caesuras used in the first stanza gives the effect of a long wait for night. On line 3 it mentions that he is "Legless" and "sewn short at elbow", the fact that he has no legs and one arm shows how dependant he is on others, this dehumanises his character.
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Discuss how the setting of two poems you studied was important in helping the poet get across an important theme
Owen then moves on to show the gas bombs dropping on the battlefield behind the soldiers and the effect that the green it releases has; one soldier is shown ?to plunge at Owen, guttering, chocking, drowning? because he didn?t get his gas mask on time. Owen then proceeds to emphasise ? the horrors of war? by giving us descriptions of what the gas did to the soldier, ? the blood come gargling form the forth-corrupted lungs? and ?obscene as cancer.? In the Sentry, the poem is
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Owen states, ?The sentry?s body; then his rifle.? Again, he is conveying the dismay and incredulity of what he is witnessing. He also writes in the present continuous tense at both times in the poem, implying that the sufferings of these soldiers are resulting in recurring nightmares. Moreover, Owen goes on to use sibilance again in Dulce: ?gas-shells dropping softly behind.? This gives the poem more depth to the imagery and instigates the reader to relive the gas attack with him.
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Another technique Owen uses is symbolism. He often gives words and objects deeper meanings; frequently making them symbolize something else. An example of this is ?dawn massing in the east her melancholy army?. While this is clearly referring to the weather and clouds, it could also mean the enemies preparing themselves for battle en masse, or that everything is against the soldiers, even nature and therefore God. Another example is that ?all their eyes were ice?. On the surface, this could mean cold temperatures, but if looked at in more depth it could symbolize inner mental turmoil.
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Although this poem is about war, the first line itself reveals to the reader that the main theme is in fact winter. The soldier describes the mental pain of war as their ?brains ache? as well as the physical pain, when the ?merciless iced east winds? knife?? them. This illustrates the personification used as they describe the winds stabbing them implying the weather is murderous and the ellipsis suggests it forever and never ending.
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of a solider that just got shot and is about to die and the last thing he thinks of is his loved one. You can imagine him closing his eyes and thinking of her and just imagining that he is with her and kisses her, when he is actually kissing the mud. The soldier is not described at all only his actions are described. The lack of details of the soldier shows that he doesn't need any details because the reader already knows how the soldier is, a young man who just wants the war to end.
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Wilfred Owen could also be exposing some information about the war that most people did not know about, the truth is being ?exposed?. The weather was freezing, we know this because he uses personification to explain iced winds ?merciless iced winds?, he distracts himself by thinking about dying and asking himself what he is doing here. Most people did not always die by getting shot, but by suffering from the coldness of the weather. This poem is about the misery that the soldiers were feeling.
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?oozed? implies that they are grateful for a moment to remember happier times. Nature is thought to have restorative power. An example of this is apparent in ?Futility?. The poem is about a soldier (the speaker) who cannot believe that his comrade has died of the bitterly cold. In the very first line he says: ?Move him into the sun?. The sun is considered at the source of all life, so the poet asks for the resurrection of the soldier.
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It could be interpreted as the soldiers feeling betrayed, deserted by their own people, put into a battlefield they didn?t sign up for, like the beggars who feel ignored and forgotten, balancing on a thin line between life and death. Two metaphors that caught my eye were ?Men marched asleep? and ?Drunk with fatigue? which both strongly indicate that the soldiers were on auto-pilot, not in control of their actions, almost like robots or zombies, neither dead or alive. ?Men marched asleep? is a metaphorical paradox because you can?t march while you?re asleep, and ?Drunk with fatigue? is a metaphor
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The futility, meaninglessness and inadequacy of religion in response to such horror as seen during the war. For a detailed analysis of each of these lines, see below. Title: ?Anthem? ? musical item ? heard at formal/large occasions ? usually at a time of gathering of a community - usually has religious connotations. ?Doomed? ? ill-fated? cursed ? definitely going to die. ?Youth? ? young people as a group, word has connotations of life and vigour. Technique: - assonance ? ?doomed youth? ? repeated vowel sound ? gives the title an ominous tone.
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