Compare How the Poets Express Their Perspective of Conflict in "Mametz Wood" and One Other Poem

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Compare how the poets express their perspective of conflict in "Mametz Wood" and one other poem.

In "Mametz Wood", by Owen Sheers, and "Futility", by Wilfred Owen, their perspectives are expressed through different techniques such as imagery, juxtaposition, rhetorical questions, personification and changes of tense. I think Owen Sheers perspective of "Mametz Wood" was influenced by Sheers visiting a site of a World War 1 battlefield which made him feel disturbed, which I believe to be his perspective of conflict. Wilfred Owen's perspective on conflict in "Futility" seems to be how he thinks war and conflict are pointless, and worthless.

Heavy imagery is used in "Mametz Wood" to describe the bones that have been dug up after 100 years of being buried which I think reflects Owen Sheers disturbed and brutal perspective on conflict. Sheers describes the remnants of the soldiers as something broken "broken bird's egg of a skull" and "broken mosaic of bone" shows this. The use of "broken" signifies how Sheers views conflict as damaging, and how it breaks up the remains of brave soldiers. "Broken" could also signify how that before the soldiers have died, their spirits were broken down by the repetitiveness of war, and that because war and conflict is still happening the soldiers are still broken even after death. Personally, I think that the "broken bird's egg of a skull" can create a powerful, but disturbing image in the reader's mind which is one of Sheers’ perspectives of conflict. In "Futility" simple but powerful imagery is used to show Owen's futile perspective of conflict. The "sun" is a metaphor for God, or the giver of life, "gently his touch awoke him once". "Awoke" suggests that the sun used to wake the soldier up, but the use of "once" suggests that now the sun can no longer wake up the soldier. In my opinion, I believe that this shows Owen's helplessness perspective of conflict. I think that by using a metaphor on the "sun" it creates a sense of helplessness because in the Christian faith God is supposed to be the giver of human life, so in a way Owen is saying that if the God cannot help, then who can?

In "Futility" personification is used to personify the sun as a "kind" and "old" person, "the kind old sun will know", and the soldiers believe the sun will heal their injured comrade. By the "sun" being personified as "kind" and "old" it creates an image in the reader's mind of someone who will help their friend and they imagine that the sun will help bring their comrade back from near death. However, by the "sun being personified as "old" it can suggest to the reader that the sun cannot help their friend, as older people are often unable to help others because they have to look after themselves. In front of this background the act of war and killing seems ridiculous. "Mametz Wood" also includes personification, and Sheers uses it to personify the Earth as a watchful guardian "now the Earth stands sentinel". However, "sentinel" could also mean that the Earth is watching the human race to see if we are going to do more damage to it.

Juxtaposition is used in "Mametz Wood" to show how disturbed Owen Sheers was. "The socketed heads tilted back at an angle" suggests that the soldiers could be laughing as their heads we tilted back, although it can show the violent death of the soldiers by their necks being broken, which causes them to die. This shows the disturbance that has been created in Owen Sheers’ mind, and therefore it makes the reader to feel disturbed as well. "Futility" uses an oxymoron, "woke once the clays of a cold star", to show Owen's perspective that conflict is futile. "Cold star" is relating to the Earth however, a star is a ball of hot rock and therefore it cannot be cold. By using the oxymoron, Owen is saying the sun once woke up the Earth, so the sun can wake up his comrade.

"Mametz Wood" shows another of Sheers’ perspective on conflict which is how he thinks war/conflict is futile...
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