Both Ted Hughes and Wilfred Owen present war in their poems “Bayonet Charge” and “Exposure”, respectively, as terrifying experiences, repeatedly mentioning the honest pointlessness of the entire ordeal to enhance the futility of the soldiers' deaths. Hughes’ “Bayonet Charge” focuses on one person's emotional struggle with their actions, displaying the disorientating and dehumanising qualities of war. Owen’s “Exposure”, on the other hand, depicts the impacts of war on the protagonists' nation, displaying the monotonous and unending futility of the situation by depicting the fate of soldiers who perished from hypothermia, exposed to the horrific conditions of open trench warfare before dawn.
A clear example of human suffering presented in both “The Manhunt” and “War Photographer” is through the fact that war is presented as something it isn’t. In War photographer the structure of the poem being four stanzas with 6 lines each and ABBCDD rhyming scheme present order and structure which contrasts to the chaos that war is which is the theme of the poem. This contrast is continuous in the poem with adjectives such as “red” and “cries” both connotations of some sort of negativity being partnered with positive adjectives such as “soft” also create this contrast through a juxtaposition. Similar is done in “the manhunt” with its structure in rhyming doublets and the pain and war that is presented continuously in the poem through images of gunfires and war in “first phase” and “blown hinge”. This contrast presented in both poems makes the reader feel as if the poem doesn’t really fit in and if the effects of war or war itself is being forced into something that it isn’t that the suffering and pain is so great that it can’t be fit into “ordered rows” or maybe it lets the reader understand that “suffering” isn’t really understood and therefore forced into something it isn’t. The effects of this are then both present with ‘suffering” being held together so tight that it is about to explode. In the Manhunt this is presented through “every nerve in his
Growing up at a refugee camp in a very poor country is not what an average child has to go through. In Nepal we did not have much shelter to live by. We were given some bamboos, thatch and some rope to build up our home and once a month they would give us some rice. I grew up without electricity therefore television was very rare to me. I was born at the house made up of bamboo and thatch rather than a proper hospital with some form of professional care. My Mother tells me that the only reason anyone was taken to the clinic was only in great danger.
In the poems “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen and “The Bright Lights of Sarajevo” by Tony Harrison, both poems present the truths of war. However, both differ in terms of setting and contrast that help depicts the similarities between their theme. Disabled takes place within World War I as Owen vividly describes the subject’s amputation, but the poem is centered around the subject’s adjustment to civilian life after war. In The Bright Lights of Sarajevo although Harrison discusses the consequences of partaking in war in the town, he illustrates the way in which life goes on regardless the horrific impact. Through use of setting and contrast, both poets contribute to presenting the theme of the realities of war.
Through both of his poems, Dulce Et Decorum Est and Disabled, Owen clearly illustrates his feeling about war. Both of them convey the same meaning that war destroyed people’s lives. For Dulce Et, Decorum Est, it mainly illustrates soldier’s life during war, the dreadfulness of war, whereas, Disabled illustrates how war have damaged soldier’s life. Also, the saying that said that war it is lovely and honorable to die for your country is completely against his point of view. Owen conveys his idea through graphically describing his horrible experiences in war.
We observe today widescale human rights infringement of refugees and degradation of morality as individuals, including children, sit idle in war torn regions hoping for the chance to make a better life in America. Seeking protection, many brave and vulnerable individuals experience additional breaches of human rights as a consequence of mandatory detention. The United States holds in its hands the power to ensure all refugees are treated with dignity and regard for their basic human rights, and yet still struggles to assure the survival and the success of universal liberty due to xenophobia and bureaucratic interference. Unwilling to witness the continued undoing of human rights to which the United States has consistently been committed, this
War is a significant issue that has been affecting society throughout the ages on a multitude of scales. Its impact on our world has resulted in many texts which each present a strong anti-war perspective. One such text is the poem “Homecoming” written by Bruce Dawe. This is a visually rich poem containing various images, key ideas, motifs, and poetic techniques. These are used as Dawe conveys his anti-war perspective through exploring a variety of themes regarding war and its many negative outcomes. The most prominent of these themes is that of dehumanisation but the poem also demonstrates the consequences, futility and emotional journeys resulting from war.
Additionally, the miserable wounded soldier in Disabled is full of grief and reflects on his naïve decisions in the past which he wishes he regrets. Angelou uses language defiantly to convey her strength through similes, metaphors and repetition. Owen uses specific examples of before and after being a soldier. The latter uses rhyme and half rhyme “Years/Fears” to add a lyrical rhythm to the
The Civil War was an incredibly crucial but violent piece of America’s history. Taking place in 1861, the war was fought between the Northern and Southern states—Union and Confederacy (Civil War 2017). The primary issue being waged over was the need for slavery since it grossly mistreated and abused African Americans. Finally, after four long years—full of catastrophic casualties on both sides—the war ceased, and slaves were freed. Interestingly enough, the war’s impact spread beyond just slavery but affected the tone of American literature. War is Kind, by Stephen Crane, is just one of many examples of literature that became less about imaginative ideas, but rather focused on life—and the horrors that come with it.
“Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle” is an example from the third line of first stanza. Owen constructs the rhythm “rifles’ rapid rattle” by using alliteration to allows us to get the sound, and the image of the strong sound of rifles’ fired. The onomatopoeia ‘rattle’ usually comes with the word ‘rapid’, to emphasise how fast it is, and also to express the violence of the rifle. Rhythm of the poem helps develop the feelings and the mood of sorrow and anger to the reader to convey the theme. The rifles express how evil and how reckless the war was for the soldiers to keep on shooting guns while the fellow members are passing away, suffering with the pain they got from the shot from the rifles from the enemy forces. This connects to the theme because they are not treated individually once they die, but treated only as one of the people died, which is forgotten. “And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds” is from fourteenth line in second stanza. Owen ends the poem by giving you the image of weak lights coming through the blinds on twilight. It does not give you any violent, and rough image, but instead calm image of a new day. By using the word
The poem features a soldier, presumably Owen, speaking to fellow soldiers and the public regarding those atrocities. Correspondingly, drawing on the themes of innocent death and the barbaric practices of warfare, Owen expresses his remorse towards his fallen comrades and an antagonistic attitude towards the war effort through a solemn tone and specific stylistic devices. The poem is structured as free verse, contributing towards the disorganized and chaotic impression Owen experienced while witnessing these deaths firsthand, enabling the audience to understand the emotional circumstances of demise in the trenches as well. Throughout the poem, Owen routinely personifies the destructive weapons of war, characterizing them as the true instruments of death rather than the soldiers who stand behind them. Owen describes how, “Bullets chirped…Machine-guns chuckled…Gas hissed…” (Owen 3,4,15). Personifying the weapons demonstrates how pure soldiers have their innocence stolen from them through forced and blind usage of such deadly instruments. Accordingly, it is the weapons who truly receive the last laugh in the war as they kill both physically and spiritually, while soldiers are forever wounded in ways that can and cannot be seen.
‘Dulce et Decorum est’ is a poem written by Wilfred Owen between the years 1917 and 1918. It describes the life on the battlefield and how it impacted the life of the soldiers. Owen most likely used his first hand experiences from when he was a soldier in World War 1. This poem describes the soldiers personal perspectives of war using the bare naked truth, not glorifying it in anyway.
A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their home country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. There are many different types of refugees, these include refugees who are escaping war, social discrimination, racial discrimination, religious persecution, those who are seeking aid after a natural disaster, political unrest, and those who fear for their lives and the lives of their family. These people are given refugee status and are placed in designated refugee camps across the country where they are supposed to be cared for and educated, but this is not happening. Many of the countries only provide shelter for the refugees but do not provide the rest of the basic needs.
As Imelda Marcos once said, “Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of a family, country, justice and human dignity”. Throughout history, Syrian refugees have been persecuted and severely affected by the war. It is evident that they should get a chance to start over in this world. Numerous countries have fought against welcoming the poor refugees into their countries, as they also branded them with names like terrorists and extremists for assuming that they 've been influenced by ISIS radical ideas. While some Muslims have committed fearless crimes before, I believe the rest of the peaceful and loving community should not have to undergo cruel punishment and discrimination. Syrian refugees have been unlucky to go through the trauma that their country had put them through, and they deserve the opportunities of
The poem Refugee Blues was written by Wilfred. H .Auden in 1939 during World War Two. “Refugees Blues” is in reference to the abuse of human rights and the suffering, despair and isolation that all refugees experience during their journey of survival. The poet uses a range of techniques such as contrast, emotive language and personification to convey the hardship refugees had to endure. The refugees in this case were the Jews.