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Good Morning/Afternoon. I am here today to discuss the poetry of Wilfred Owen and the way it captivates his antiwar feelings through imagery of pain, horror and suffering of war and his aim to persuade people not go to war. The poems that I will be analysing are ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘Disabled’. Starting with Dulce et Decorum Est, the first line in this poem “Bent double like old beggars under sacks” This sentence uses a Simile to show the connection of soldiers struggling in the misery of war living in terrible conditions as if they were beggars living on the streets. After this mention of their condition Wilfred adds “coughing like hags” another simile, to give the reader the image of a smoke and dust covered battlefield causing the men to chock and cough. Disabled is written in a third person perspective. It is introduced by the words “He sat in a wheeled chair” this use of imagery giving the reader the sense that the man is unable to move himself around although he is in a wheel-chair he has no hands rendering him immobilised. His clothing, “Shivered in a ghastly suit of grey”, alliteration portraying the man as a lost soul with no colour, no happiness just deep sadness. In Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen uses rhyme all through the poem one instance of this is the rhyming of “we cursed through sludge … and towards our distant rest began to trudge” The portrayal of men running through the mud and sludge cursing about their situation and the way they walked heavy footed, trudging through the battlefield towards a resting camp. Another rhyme is “Gas! ... an ecstasy of fumbling … but someone still yelling out and stumbling”. The use of the word ecstasy to call to attention the frantic movements of the soldiers and through that situation of fear they had lost a man. Disabled, Owen’s poetry still in a rhyming format, “When glow lamps budded in the light blue trees … in the old times, before he threw away his knees” This is the character reminiscing about......