Close Study of Texts - Wilfred Owen Essays

1010 Words Jul 6th, 2013 5 Pages
Alexandra Bucud

How does Owen’s portrayal of the relationship between youth and war move us to a deeper understanding of suffering? As an anti-war poet, Wilfred Owen uses his literary skills to express his perspective on human conflict and the wastage involved with war, the horrors of war, and its negative effects and outcomes. As a young man involved in the war himself, Owen obtained personal objectivity of the dehumanisation of young people during the war, as well as the false glorification that the world has been influenced to deliver to them. These very ideas can be seen in poems such as 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and 'Dulce ET Decorum EST Pro Patria Mori'. Owen uses a variety of literary techniques to convey his ideas.
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More often than not, the world is led to believe how glorious it is to serve one's country in the war and to honour those who are brave enough to. However, if soldiers deserve the most utter respect, why is the realism of war deaths, revealed in the poem 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', so appalling? "And bugles calling them from sad shires." Wilfred Owen publicises the truth behind the sort of ceremonies held for those who die in the war, and how they are so insufficient as opposed to those back at home, especially considering that they are soldiers who must be glorified. Owen's point in regards to false glorification is that the erroneous idea behind such expected exalting is nothing but false hope, for the soldiers and for their family. False glorification is already apparent in the ironic title of the poem 'Dulce ET Decorum EST Pro Patria Mori'. The direct translation of this is "Sweet and fitting it is, to die for my country". Despite the positive note of this, this is later referred to as "The Old Lie". Owen's main purpose for writing this poem is to express that, contrary to popular belief, there is nothing honourable about dying for one's country. He articulates the delusive nobleness of war by vividly describing moments and sights beheld by him himself while being in the

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