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.
This paragraph is obviously about the emasculation, but the loss of masculinity is also visible in the relationship between Billy Prior and Sarah Lumb. Prior wants to discuss his feelings about and his experiences of the war with Sarah, but this is frowned upon by society (Saxová, 2007). This contempt of emasculations is also made clear in Owen 's "Disabled". This poem discusses the faith of a teen soldier who has lost his limbs in the trenches and is confined to his wheelchair, utterly helpless. Relationships
This structural progression we see, suggests that Jonson is struggling with his emotions and perhaps becoming overwhelmed with it all. Throughout the poem there are also many caesuras. He uses commas to produce this effect. This means that when we read it gives us the impression that he is stumbling over his words, which naturally ruins the flow in the poem. This gives us a more emotive response because we assume that Jonson is finding it difficult to talk about the death of his son, and so we sympathise with him.
The Brutal Reality vs the Virtue Gained The poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen gives insight into how a soldier is beaten to the state of exhaustion in war which defeats the perception of how society has seen war as lighthearted for generations. The poem “Epitaph on a Soldier” by Cyril Tourneur depicts a soldier at a time of death, defeating the common thought of how death is seen as a negative thing and portrays the soldier as he is ready to die, welcoming his death. The critical and bitter tone in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” conveys the brutality of war to emphasize the disillusioned way society perceives war; whereas, the admiring and comforting tone in “Epitaph on a Soldier” conveys the contentment of an honorable death. The informal diction in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” helps to convey a more realistic and raw depiction of war to express a critical tone whereas the formal diction in “Epitaph on a Soldier” helps convey the reassurance that a soldier’s life is complete. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” specific diction like “drunk” is used to emphasize the brutality of war and the toll it takes on the soldier.
Holden complains that "I was surrounded by phonies" (13) in the novel. Besides it, he often uses the word “depress” to describe somebody around him or what he experiences. In other words, he always looks down on other people, and because of this, most of the time he is isolated from people around him. Additionally, he does not have any real personal connection with others except his sister, Phoebe, and brother, D.B. In the story, Holden tries to be different from others because it is the way to express identity for him.
The poem ‘’Disabled’’ is an emotional reflection on the experiences of a veteran solider. The poet explores the effects of war on those who live through it by comparing the present life of an injured soldier to his past hopes, accomplishments and lifestyle. The poem effectively contrasts the current life of the solider to his past and is written as a personal statement on war and its effect on people. The purpose of the poem it to promote understanding and appreciation of veterans. As a solider himself, the poet attempts to sympathize with the speaker and relates to his disability and possibly that of others who fought in wars too.
War Photographer Comparison In War Photographer, the poet portrays that conflict is severe and explores the disastrous effects of it. This is implied through metaphors especially when it describes seeing a man ‘a half-formed ghost’. Remains similarly explores the idea of conflict but shows its lasting effect through similar techniques like repetition as when the poet repeats ‘dozen rounds.’ In War Photographer, Duffy uses a range of techniques to explore the idea of conflict and its evil nature. As said before, metaphors are used like ‘half formed ghost’ to portray the photograph that he took was of a dying man and to get the reader to understand the severity of war and the lives cost in it. The overall point of this poem is to convey the cruelty of war and what it accomplishes.
They accept the honor that was associated with war, neglecting the horrors simply because they are uninformed. This conclusion is far from the beliefs of the soldiers. On the other hand, when the soldiers are actually confronted with war, they conclude that “death-throes are stronger” than duty (Remarque 13). In other words, national commitment is important, but violence and death are the more prominent forces in war. Their society was unaware of the extent of the horrors of war because of inadequate information and their actions clearly exemplify their disconnect.
The poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” mainly describes the war as harsh, depressing, and fierce. This poem expresses suffering by using harsh connotations of descriptive words like drowning, blood-shod, haunting flares, and devil’s sick of sin to create a tormented mood and tone. This author appeals to the audience with pathos by having depressing stories about the struggles of war. This poem uses similes like “Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud” they use these similes to show how bad it is for the soldiers at that time. This poem also rhymes for example “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks” and “Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs” the word sacks and backs both rhyme.
The poem stresses on how Heaney, as a child, coped with the loss of a loved one. There is a hint of boredom as he is ‘Counting bells knelling classes to a close’ in the second line of the poem. This could perhaps be seen to suggest that Heaney didn’t know how to deal with loss and was inexpressive and clinical. The second line also foreshadows the future as knelling is a word generally associated with death. ‘The baby cooed and laughed’ indicates an absence of comprehension in children and how oblivious they are.