Futility Of War Analysis

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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. His choice of language and structure illustrate his experience and emotions regarding the tragedy of war. Also, the image of horrendous conditions and psychologically disturbed soldiers continuously remind the reader about the horrors of war long after the poet’s premature death.…show more content…
By starting with the image of collapsing soldiers, Owen hooks the reader’s attention by revealing the real situation in the trenches unlike war propaganda, which created joyful, energetic images of war. In ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’, Owen writes that soldiers are ‘bent double’ like ‘old beggars’ and in ‘The Dead Beat’, soldiers are ‘dropped’ ‘more sullenly than wearily’. By using the word ‘beggars’, the poet tells us about the inhumane condition of soldiers during the war. This contrasts with the young and energetic image of other soldiers depicted in another poem, ‘The Send-Off’ when ‘they sang their way to the siding shed’. Also, by using the word ‘dropped’ rather than ‘fall down’ emphasizes their inhumane condition where the soldiers were not considered human, but rather objects that can be thrown away after use. Owen continues to use similes to describe the soldiers which show that there are not enough words to describe their
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