Compare Refugee Blues And Disabled

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The subject of war and the loss had deeply influenced poetry on the first half of the 20th century. Poets from all around the world had felt the direct influence of these earth-shattering wars and expressed their passionate responses towards the horrors of war. It was during the times of war in which the poems “Refugee blues” and “Disabled” were written by W.H. Auden and Wilfred Owen respectively. Considered to be some of the most remarkable pieces of literature, they were written in the times of worldwide conflict. This explains their bleak tone, brutal honesty and the poets’ desire to convey trauma and misery through their first-hand experiences of war. The poem “Disabled” speaks of the tragic loss of a soldier whose life turned into devastation …show more content…
In the poems “Refugee blues” and “Disabled”, both poets display the melancholic impacts of war through the use of similes and symbolism. In "Disabled", similes are used to create an irrational comparison between the protagonist and animalistic things. For instance, "touch him like some queer disease”, the protagonist is being compared to a disease, to display how low the protagonist had sunk on a social level. This quote conveys the poet's feelings towards how many war veterans were undeservingly alienated from their society due to their disabilities. Alternatively, Auden uses the same technique to compare the extent of liberty given to an animal and a German Jew in “Refugee Blues”. To show the misery the Jews had to face, this point is given directly from the protagonist. As shown in the lines, "Saw the fish swimming as if they were free", from here we can observe the fact that the poem's main characters, the Jewish refugees, had little to no rights at all as their agony made them wish to live as animals - fish in the harbour. It is ultimately clear that average, innocent citizens, as well as front-line soldiers, had their lives negatively affected by unnecessary wars which doomed their future, and although subtle, similes are a powerful way to depict their …show more content…
In “Disabled”, sombre diction is used to emphasise the impact that war has on the soldier. The soldier is wearing a “ghastly suit of grey”, showing his morbid and depressed state of mind, and how his injuries of war have left him lifeless, hence the ghost-like imagery. Sleep “mothers” him from the laughter and noises of young boys, suggests that he no longer finds the pleasures of life worth living for and prefers the temporary respite sleep provides. He regrets “throwing” away his knees, confirming that the ideas and inspirations behind joining the war were not as patriotic or loyal as they should have been, and his vanity has only left him to cripple. The girls touch him like a “queer” disease, the word “queer” gives the impression that he is an unnatural blasphemy, revealing the society’s thoughts of disabled people at that time. These phrases reflect on how society reacts upon the disabled, and how the soldier undeservingly discriminated from the society despite his costly efforts in the war. In “Refugee Blues”, emotive vocabulary is used to reflect the harsh situation of the Jews during the war. It is said that without passports, the Jews are “officially dead”, it is asserting that without an identity you cease to both exist and function in the society. It is said that the refugees would “steal” their daily bread. The Jews are demonised as thieves, suggesting that they would steal their “daily bread”,

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