Analysis Of Wilfred Owen 's ' The Great War ' And ' Anthem For Doomed Youth '

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Wilfred Owen was one of the most significant poets of the First World War. Owen encompassed the cruel conditions faced by soldiers and observed the true nature of the battlefield. He expressed his ideas through his compositions in a variety of poems such as ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth.’ Owen’s perspectives on human conflict were initially represented throughout his encounters amid ‘The Great War.’ Owen’s poetry moves from traditional formulaic forms to a more violent realism, incorporating imagery that powerfully captures the despair of an innocent individual; manipulated into participating in the war. Both poems depict Owen’s perceptions through the use of poetic techniques and features; which place an emphasis upon the juxtaposition of romanticism and reality. His ideas are all based off his experiences throughout the war. Owen’s poetry consists of emphasis placed on the futility of war, the loss of human life, and the inner conflict within an individual between his conscience and his duty.

‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ interchanges between the scenes of romanticism and reality; which capture the intensity of the war experience. Visualisation of the soldiers ‘Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,’ powerful imagery is expressed through Owen’s use of descriptive language; ultimately enabling his perception to explore the atrocious conditions that soldiers were condemned to. The futility of war is evoked within this example, as it questions an…

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