Examples Of Pity In Refugee Blues

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How do poets evoke pity in 'Disabled ' and 'Refugee blues '? In this essay, I will be writing about how the theme pity is shown in both poems 'Disabled ' written by Wilfred Owen in 1917 and 'Refugee Blues ' written by W.H. Auden in 1939. A vast amount of similar techniques has been used to evoke pity and I will be analyzing them in detail. In 'Disabled", Owen explores the veritable effects of war on those who live through it by comparing the present life of an injured soldier to his past life which was before the war. As well as how ordinary people who are not true heroes are treated better than someone who has fought in a war for his country. This was all due to the fact that the ex-soldier in the poem has a physical disability. Furthermore, in 'Refugee Blues ', Auden explores the troubles the Jews face, who were forced to flee Europe with no place to go when the Holocaust started. Additionally, it shows how badly the Jews were treated, which links to how the ex-soldier in 'Disabled ' was also treated. This all makes the reader feel pitiful and sorrowful because of the tone and context created in both poems. Both of these two poets have used a range of descriptive techniques to evoke pity. For example, Owen has done this by using a simile in the first stanza. "Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn, Voices of play and pleasures after day...". This immediately evokes pity towards the ex-soldier because Owen used this simile in order to show that he

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