Wilfred Owen Characteristics Of Poetry

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Wilfred Owen was born in Oswestry. He was brought up and educated in Birkenhead and Shrewsbury. Being impressed by poems written by Keats and Shelley, Owen wanted to be a poet from the age of nineteen. He lived far away from his mother and was deeply attached to her. During 1913-1915, he worked as a tutor in France. Whilst teaching in France, he read and studied works of novelists and poets who were experimenting with rhyming patterns and assonance which became one of Owen characteristic of his poetry. In 1915, Wilfred Owen joined the British army. Until 1917 he was expressing his experiences only to his brother and mother through letters and not anyone else. During his first incidents in WW1, he experienced gas attacks and people dying. …show more content…
He was being treated in a psychiatric hospital in Edinburg where he met Siegfried Sassoon, who inspired him to bring his war experiences into poetry. After a year later, he then went back to the trenches to fight in September 1918. And in October 1918, he won the Military Cross in recognition of his bravery and leadership. On November the 4th he was shot and killed during a battle in Ors. Wilfred Owen had a unique style of poetry. He had been writing poems for 6 years and learned to use rhymes and colloquial language by himself and developed his poetry skills. He felt like he was missing out on something in his poems. After meeting Siegfried Sassoon (one of the greatest poets at that time), he went back to the experiences he had gone through during the war and used them to develop his war poetry. “Dulce et Decorum est” is one of Owen’s first poems. The poem mainly talks about the casualties caused by the war in World War 1. “Dulce et Decorum est” translates to “it is sweet and right to die for your country”. In the poem, the soldiers are mentally and physically devastated by the battle. The poet describes how the soldiers suffered and choked from the toxic fumes caused by the gas attacks. The image of the dying soldiers is all over the poet’s mind and the poet can’t do anything to save the dying …show more content…
Owens war poetry includes series of horrific and memorable scenes of war. His poems were often exaggerated with the horrors of war. Owen is best known for his half-rhyme technique and use of assonance, dissonance and alliteration. These techniques helped provoke the themes of his poetry and highlight the message of his poems. This poem was a message to a writer and advocate, Pope Jessie. Pope Jessie had written many poem encouraging people to participate in war. “Who’s for the game” is one of the poems written by Pope Jessie. The poem shows her opinion of war which stated that war was “fun, jovial and full of glory” and told that the worst thing that could happen to a soldier is come back home on crunches. She refused to talk about death and basically said that war is harmless. This poem gave a message exactly opposite to Owen’s poem. Owen sent Pope Jessie this poem to show her how it is really like fighting in a battlefield and facing all the horrors caused by the war. At first Owen wrote this poem to his mom. But later he wanted his words to apply to all young adults. Owen skillfully conveys an assault on the individuals who might urge young adults to fight in a battle without knowing the real tragedies of

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