Theme Of Love In Wilfred Owen's Poetry

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The theme of love and desire, though perhaps, not as prominent as themes of war and violence, are intimately observed and explored in Wilfred Owen’s poems. Whether it is love through religion, forbidden love, or simply euphoric lust, they are all present in his work. Owen was a conservative religious man and simultaneously, a passionate homosexual. These contradictory ideologies caused an inner conflict within Owen. His attraction for men was a taboo of his time, and as a religious man, went greatly against his religious morals. Therefore, we can argue the homophobic pressures of societal views of the time and his quench to establish his identity, may have led to the creative outburst in his poetry, which acted as an outlet to emotions and desires he had previously kept to himself. The evidence of his homosexual desires and thirst for love are clearly shown through his poetry works, ‘To Eros’, ‘Music’, and ‘Storm’. Whilst all three poems contain the theme of love, religion and desire, their presentation, message and overall effect on us is different in each piece. ‘Storm’, written in October 1916, describes the intimate feelings Owen experiences when meeting an unknown persona; there is a direct reference to his attraction to other men in the quote “his beauty lovelier than love”, the use of the word “his”, clearly emphasises that his feelings are directed at a male persona. Through this, we learn that this poem is about a forbidden love during the 20th century and the

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