When someone mentions World War 1, thoughts of death, war, and annihilation may come to mind. One person who knew and was extremely familiar with these ideas and terms was Wilfred Owens, a poet who lived during the Great War. Owens fought in WW1, and he became thoroughly interested in war at an early age. During the early 20th century, propaganda posters and poems, such as Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the Game?' were published to persuade young men to join the army and fight against the enemies.
A crime is an act that is committed to harm people and defy laws. War itself can be considered a crime with the countless lives that are lost. In war, there are many methods to recruit soldiers for the war and one of those methods is propaganda. Propaganda is used to encourage the enlistment of soldiers. Propaganda helped the recruitment process with the large amount of men wanting to enlist.
Industry revolutionized warfare giving birth to machine guns, poison gas, and tanks. This weaponry increased mortality rates but only added to the gruesomeness of deaths. Meanwhile, countries upheld the war with patriotism, nationalism, and a sense of duty; poets spoke out about the truth of warfare and the true horror of battle. War poets reveal the suffering everyday soldiers endured on the battlefield. They depict a bleak, realistic picture that the outside world that did not have firsthand experience of the war would not otherwise have experienced.
Wilfred Owen, most famous for his war poetry, used his work to expose the horrors of war and the disastrous results that come from it, as seen in his most famous pieces – ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’,’ Anthem for Doomed Youth’ and ‘Exposure’. Owen’s preface states, “Above all I am not concerned with poetry”. This means it is not the poetry alone that is important to Owen, but the message he is trying to portray and emphasise. Owen more than anything wanted to reveal the truths of war hidden behind false propaganda and was able to achieve this though his poetic capabilities. Owen through his poetry was able to captivate his reader and create visual imagery to heighten the messages he wanted to convey, allowing us comprehend and understand the true horrors occurring on the front.
Wilfred Owen vividly and acutely portrays the harsh reality of war straight up from a firsthand experience. ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ the title, literally translates into ‘It is sweet and noble’, but this title brings out the ironic aspect of the poem, as the readers are aware that the poem is anything but ‘sweet and noble’. Owen seeks to convince the readers that the horrors of war far outweigh the efforts by the patriots to glamorize war. His main goal is to completely destroy the lies instilled by propaganda and to make sure the readers are aware of what ‘war’ really is about. Through the topics of the poem, his dialect decisions, and differentiating the charming title going before the aggravating substance of the poem, he conveys regard for his perspectives on war while amid in the middle of one himself.
In Ernst Jünger’s book, Storm of Steel¸ this passage captured his attitude about war: confusion caused by inexperience. This confusion surrounding war comes from the fact that he is an experienced soldier. He and his fellow inexperienced soldiers had shown up to fight with a yearning “for the experience of the extraordinary” and on their first day of the war, they got that experience (Jünger, p. 5). A violent shelling caused Jünger to rethink his initial thoughts of war. He had been sure war would supply him with “the great, the overwhelming, and the hallowed experience” (Jünger, p. 5).
A heroic couplet structure within the poem provides a degree of clarity while still asserting the chaos and cruelness of war. Once again, it can be inferred that Owen himself serves as the speaker. However, this time his audience is more focused on young soldiers and families rather than plainly the public in general. In contrast to the previous work, this poem is set primarily in a World War I training camp, signifying the process young soldiers go through prior to deployment to the front line. The tone of this poem is more foreboding and condemnatory, not only describing the training soldiers but outright degrading their forced involvement as morally wrong.
The paper highlights the poetry of Wilfred Owen which show the horrors of war In many of his poems Owen expressed his deep sorrow towards the war and soldiers. In this paper selected groups of Wilfred Owen will be discussed and analyzed. These selected poems are “ Ducle et decorum est, “ “Arms and the boy” “ Strange Meeting “and “ insensibilities “ Introduction: He is an English poet, born on march 18, 1893 and died on November 4, 1918 , Being a soldier and poet, he was regarded by many as the leading poet of the first war. His parents were probably both welsh in origin, and he was conscious of his Celtic ancestry; he wrote in one of his early poems that Celtic blood, he sheared with family a delight in music and a rather less enthusiastic allegiance to evangelical
Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen—who all fought in the trenches and, in the last two cases, died there—remained tied to the conventions of the nineteenth century while trying to convey the unprecedented horror of industrial warfare, a condition of existence so murderous and absurd that a romantic or heroic attitude became impossible. The essence of modern understanding is irony, Fussell argued, and it was born on the Western Front. Fussell wasn’t wrong about the Great War, but, in his insistence on its newness, he underestimated the staying power of military myths for each generation. Fussell cited a newspaper story about a London man who killed himself out of concern that he might not be accepted for service in the Great War, and noted, “How can we forbear condescending to the eager lines at the recruiting stations or smiling at
Interpretations of Wilfred Owen’s work Wilfred Owen is considered one of the leading poets when it comes to the true nature of the First World War. He joined the war when he was still young and his anti-war ideals were formed whilst in the army. In this setting, the time is around 1914 and people have a certain mind set about war and the glory it brings with it. Therefore, looking at a still naïve young man or boy, who is untouched by the horror of war, would read Owen’s work and perhaps discard or reconsider war and the perception of it. Then.