Figurative Language In 'Bent Double Like Old Beggars'

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The authors use of figurative language assists in exposing the truth of the war, ultimately revealing that dying for one’s country is not a true honor, but rather an old lie. In the poem’s opening lines, it states, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks. Knocked-Kneed, coughing like hags.” (Wilfred 701) The author uses these two similes to compare the soldiers fighting in the war to old beggars, unable to standup correctly coughing as if they are tiered and have no control over their life.
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