Analysis Of Wilfred Owen 's War Poetry Essay

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Wilfred Owen’s war poetry is shaped by an intense focus on extraordinary human experiences. He was particularly concerned to show the true circumstances of the First World War, WW1 (1914-1918), by showing great depths of suffering and pity, as well as the falsity of war propaganda. ’Dulce Et Decorum Est’ graphically describes the traumatic setting of the battlefield, subverting traditional perceptions of war as honourable, emphasising the debilitating consequences of war on the young innocent soldiers. Similarly, through ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ Owen creates the scene of a funeral in order to demonstrate how young men have been abandoned and stripped of their lives and dignity on the battlefield. A close analysis of Owen’s language techniques in these two poems will show how Owen effectively shocks his responders, in order to convey the awfulness of WW1.
To begin in the graphic poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ Wilfred Owen immediately unveils the grim reality of war through the effective use of powerful imagery. To illustrate, he skilfully captures the responders’ attention by showing a horrific scene in which a multitude of soldiers had been slaughtered, as well as the pain, and distress that the young men endured. For example, Owen’s use of the noisy onomatopoeia: ‘guttering’, ‘choking’ and ‘drowning’ coupled with the connotation of the verb ‘plunges’ intensifies the atrocious conduct of war and the maltreatment of the soldiers. Also, this extreme disgust and monstrous…

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