Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner By Wilfred Owen Analysis

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Political opinions are often shared on Facebook. With just a quick scroll through your newsfeed, it is easy to see that social media is a common outlet for political spam. Where did people express political views before social media? They used other forms of media. Through television, prose, theatre, art and poetry, individuals have cemented their names and opinions into history. “Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” by Randall Jarrell and “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen are selections of poetry that were deemed important enough artistically, politically, emotionally, or all of the above. Both authors have a clear political message. Both messages resonate through time in a way Facebook posts could never hope to. By learning more about the authors and analyzing the historical context surrounding each poem, the reader can better appreciate the messages and fully realize the political messages within …show more content…
Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and was pressured into volunteering for the military. He wrote nothing of importance until he saw action in 1917. After experiencing the true horrors of war, his boyish demeanor changed entirely. He wrote home saying, "The people of England needn 't hope. They must agitate" (Owen, letter to his mother). This shows his attitude towards the war. He was terrified for himself and for France. This is important to keep in mind when reading “Dulce et Decorum Est”.
The entire poem has a dark, dismal, and horrific tone meant to capture the terrors and fast paced life or death moments Owen experienced. Everything up until the end sets up the point Owen makes in the last four lines.
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