In “The Song of the Mud,” Borden describes the major role mud plays in war and reveals the huge impact it has as it covers the soldier, corpses, clogs the machinery, and restricts the soldiers from their value.“of vile, incurable sores and innocent tongues,” "a devil's sick of sin,” the blood coming from “bitter as the cud,” and “obscene as cancer” are all examples of imagery that help readers perceive the agony of war and fully express the repugnancy to war. Moreover, Mary specifically uses evocative words such as “invincible,” “inexhaustible,” “intrusive” and “impertinent” to illustrate the dreadful state of the fighters due to the mud and to generate a powerful tone. Similarly, Owen used words such as “guttering” and “froth-corrupted” to create that same tone as he described the gas attack he experienced and the resentment he has of war in this last stanza. On top of that, both poems contain irony to signify the opposite of what is said, set an ironic tone and to bring forth the authors’ aversion to war indirectly. For example,“The Song of the Mud” contains the line “covers the hills like satin” which is pleasing and makes you feel at ease which contradicts the fact that war is destructive and horrifying.
The effects of romanticized wars are seen throughout Slaughterhouse Five and All Quiet on the Western Front. The false visions of war that soldiers blindly go into mentally destroy them little by little. For the women and men back home, the families, their ideas of what their loved one is going through is constantly changing with the novels and movies romanticizing war and the war heroes. Kurt Vonnegut has said before that he believes civilization was terminated in World War I and that "Much of the blame is the malarkey that artist have created to glorify war, which we all know, is nonsense, and a good deal worse that that –romantic pictures of battle, and of the dead men in uniform and all that" (Vitale par. 4).
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.
Stephen Crane uses irony in “War is Kind,” and “A Mystery of Heroism,” to prove that he is opposed to the war by talking about loss and displaying people’s lives at risk. In Crane’s poem, “War is Kind,” he says that war is a good thing, while describing the horrors of it. Normally the word, kind, is used to describe something that is nice, and has a pleasant connotation. In the poem he repeats the
Owen was taken out of the war where he began writing poems. He wrote his poems to show both his anger at the cruelty and waste of war. (BBC) Owen used this poem to show the misconception that war is. While people outside of the war thought it was honorable, soldiers like Owen himself, know how cruel and it really is. Through the use of imagery, figurative language, and tone, Owen is able to portray the misconception and cruelty of war.
Owens uses continuous imagery of his friend’s suffering to make the reader feel gut-wrenching emotions of fear and anxiety. In Kevin Powers The Yellow Birds, narrator John Bartle recalls “the...guts… and everything stinking like metal and burning garbage...You walk around and the smell is deep down into you”. Power’s uses gored images and putrid smells to invoke the reader to imagine the battlefield as a terribly malevolent place. Writers use verbal irony to protest misleading ideas about war. In Stephen Crane’s “War is Kind”, Crane suggests “Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind./Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky”(1-2).
This shows her families hate brought about her love; the two opposing forces are vital to each other and are ever so knotted. These ideas reinforce how hate may very likely transform into a blooming love, such as when Friar Lawrence speculates its purpose within nature and states: For naught so vile that on the earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give; Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use; Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse. Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied And vice sometimes by action dignified. (II, iii, 17-22) Here, the explicit theme of the play signifies love as virtue good concept and hate as vicea bad topic. In the natural world, love may turn to hate when misapplied and hate into love by an honorable action.
Often, poetry is used to portray the highlights of this life or maybe even some of the small bumps we encounter along the way, yet, none really compares to that of war poetry. World War I, much like any other war, was nothing shy of a horror story. Innumerable deaths, traumatizing situations, and the lives of returning soldiers changed forever were, and still are, products of war. From our side, we have our own idea of what war might be like, but Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenburg choose to give us a small glimpse of what “serving our country” is about. Both men chose to write about the harsh realities of war and while these poets have several differences, they share very common ground: educating many about reality of war.
Siegfried Sassoon takes on a narrative style in his poem “The Rear-Guard”, and combines it with complex syntax to portray the speaker’s horrific experiences throughout war. The poem exposes a soldier’s experience of finding the violent battlefield above through the death-filled tunnels. Pairing the speaker’s point of view with specific word choice clearly demonstrates the excruciating mental and physical pain being a soldier inflicts, and leaves a glooming effect on the reader. Sassoon fills the poem with explicit imagery to reveal the pacifist theme he is trying to convey. Sassoon wants the audience to realize that war and violence is not the solution, and he reveals this through his poetry.
Moment with Page Number ONE Quotation to Support Moment Literary Device Significance/Connection to Universal Theme (2-3 sentences) 1) Iago refuses to lay the blame on Cassio for the fight between Montano and Cassio. Page 35. “IAGO: Touch me not so near; / I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth / Than it should do offence to Michael Cassio” (Shakespeare 2.3). Dramatic Irony The dramatic irony in what Iago says lies in how he appears versus the reality of his nature. The audience knows the reality of Iago; we know that he hates Cassio; in fact, he is trying to ruin his life.