Analysis Of The Poem ' War I ' Essay

911 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
War is full of tragedy. No soldier is left untouched by its unkind hands; if tragedy doesn 't mangle the body, it plagues the mind. Those are the sentiments of Owen, Komunyakaa and Jarrel; three men whose lives were forever changed by witnessing the tragedies of war. Their poems recall on the horrors of their pasts to show the grim reality of war. It is not glorious, it’s haunting.

Wilfred Owens died in battle just one week before the Armistice (“Wilfred...”). But before he passed, he wrote three of the most significant poems about World War I: “Dulce Et Decorum Est,” “Anthem for Doomed Youth” and “Strange Meeting.” In “Dulce Et Decorum Est,” he () on a mustard gas ambush. Most of the soldiers got their masks on in time, but one man was not so lucky. Owen wrote: “I saw him drowning. / In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, / He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.” (14-16) One can tell by the () he utilized that the ambush haunts him. His feelings of helpless and regret have manifested into survivor 's guilt. The ambush plays on a loop in his dreams because he 's searching for a remedy that 's just isn 't there. He wants to make sense of it, to know that the man died with some honor. But in “[a] hanging face, like a devil 's sick of sin,” (20) he found more anguish than honor. The ambush was pivotal in reshaping his view of the ‘inherent honor’ in dying for one 's country.

He addresses the theme of honor again in “Anthem for Doomed Youth.” He says,…

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