How Wilfred Owen conveys the horror and futility of war “My subject is war and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.” A quote by one of the greatest war poet of all time, Wilfred Owen, shows his attitude towards poetry, a medium he used to portray the chaos of war. In his poetry, he depicts the horror and futility of war that he witnessed. His poetry, which lies in the ‘pity of war’, stirs the emotions of the reader beyond just sympathy. The way Owen crafts the poem clearly shows the ‘pity’ that he emphasizes throughout his poetry.
Elie Wiesel’s somber speech, “The Perils of Indifference”, demonstrated the harsh reality of the numerous evils harvesting in the world. The main evil though was simply indifference, or a lack of concern. As a young Jewish boy, he faced the wickedness of the Holocaust, imprisoned at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and also losing both his parents and younger sister. The speaker saw atrocious horrors and suffered for a prolonged amount of time. Why was this permitted?
The refugees in this case were the Jews. In the title “Refugee Blues”, “blues” is mentioned. Blues was a sad slow music which consisted of three line stanza and a lot of repetition for example “old passports can 't do that my dear old passports can 't do that.” The effect and purpose of these repetitions is for the poet to force the reader to linger on any points he feels are important, hence making a longer lasting impact on the reader. In this case repetition is used to regularly insinuate a sense of desperation and isolation. In addition to this, the first two lines of the stanza rhyme.
In order to emphasize the degree to which the soldiers in World War I changed emotionally, Paul juxtaposes the innocence of his youth with a primal instinct of desperate survival that forms from the brutality of the war. As time passes, each of the soldiers slowly loses his sense of self, specifically seen when Bäumer and Kropp, a fellow soldier, cannot seem to recognize themselves in a regular life in the future after the war. Kropp then interprets this as a loss of preparedness because of war. Paul seems to agree as he reminisces, “We were eighteen
Anthology B Poetry Coursework analytical essay of the poems ‘Refugee Blues’ and ‘Disabled’ Name: Ga Yoon Lee Teacher: Mrs Henderson Word count: The poems ‘Refugee Blues’ by W.H Auden and ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen both explore the theme of alienation to portray the brutal persecution of the victims of war. W.H Auden conveys the emotions of guilt from the perspective of a refugee, while Wilfred Owen expresses the isolation of a disabled soldier after the war. The theme of loneliness is successfully portrayed in both poems through the structure, literary techniques and emotive language including a powerful choice of diction. Both poems share the same subject of alienation aggravated by the brutality of the war. ‘Refugee blues’ is a narrative poem which creates a feeling of a refugee telling a story to the readers.
The first line of the first stanza, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks” uses a simile to compare the state of the soldiers to beggars; unkempt and dirty. Disgust and repulsiveness is instantly evoked, along with an image of old men with hunched backs and ragged dirty clothes, although they were supposed to be young and dashing. A similar effect can be seen on the seventh line of the fourth stanza, “Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud”. This quote contains two similes, both comparing the scene of the soldier dying to the horrifying and repulsive aspect of cancer and cud. By comparing the situation to cancer, Owen is comparing it to a loathsome disease that brings suffering, and by comparing the situation to cud; half chewed food, Owen is expressing his disgust towards the way the soldier is dying.
Compare and contrast the ways that Owen and Auden present the effects of war in ‘Disabled’ and ‘Refugee Blues’. Both ‘Disabled’ and ‘Refugee Blues’ intensely explore the horrors and misconceptions of war using similar and distinct tones and structures. Owen chose to present the effects of war in ‘Disabled’ by using more emotive language than Auden had used in ‘Refugee Blues’: this is evident in Owens constant reference to the ‘warrior’, whom is the voice of the poem, throughout each stanza. However, Auden referred to animals and plants, as well as scenery multiple times in his poem which is somewhat ironic as Owen talks about the ‘warrior’ in the third person, whereas Auden represented his voice in the first person narrative which is known
2. Compare the ways in which human suffering is presented in “Disabled” and ‘‘Refugee Blues’’. The poem ‘Disabled’ was written in the midst of the First World War. The word ‘disabled’ gives the poem a feeling of boldness, of the brutal reality of warfare; how people are defined by their disability, and no longer able to achieve things on their own. The poem considers the illusion of war as glamorous, and stresses the violence of battle.
Laurel Lee 10D2 Does Owen want us to sympathize with the protagonist or criticize him? ‘Disabled’ is a narrative poem written by an English war poet Wilfred Owen showing his own traumatic war experiences as a soldier. It is an anti-war poem and it shows the horror of the First World War. His poem effectively compares the soldier’s current life and his past and shows the contrast between those two times very well. In this essay, I will be talking about Wilfred Owen’s method of creating sympathy and criticism for the protagonist of the poem and analyze the language and literary and structural devices that he uses.
At first, Barabas considers the wrongs done to him by various people as very personal issues. However, as the play progresses he begins to abhor the Christians specifically because of certain experiences. Barabas teaches his slave, Ithamore, the trade of revenge: “First, be thou void of these affections/ Compassion, love, vain hope, and heartless fear;/ Be mov'd at nothing, see thou pity none/ But to thyself smile when the Christians moan”. Soon, even people who have been loyal to him and have aided him fall prey to his vengeful nature. Ithamore, was one such