Speech Wilfred Owen

Topics: Poetry, Rhyme, Dulce et Decorum Est Pages: 2 (800 words) Published: October 10, 2010
Compose a speech to an audience of senior students that examines the particular ways the poet has communicated ideas Good morning senior students, if i gave each of you a pen and paper and gave you the question examine that particular ways the poet had communicated ideas in example Wilfred Owens War Poems and others how many of you could write a good HSC response? Not many well today i will be addressing this question for you and hopefully this will therefore assist you. Wilfred Owen uses poetry to challenge public perceptions on the war as well as to inform, awaken and enlighten his readers about what war was really like, the horrors, the pity and the waste of war, through exploring the emotional and psychological impact on the men who forced to kill in order to survive. The strong poem “mental cases”, full of disturbing images of men who have come back from war with shell shock, horrible for us to imagine although through the strong imagery used as he wants us to be able to understand why these men are like they are and, in some way, feel what they have undergone. From the beginning of the first stanza strong imagery is used “dropping tongues from jaws that slob their relish” and “gouged these chasms round their fretted sockets” the hyperbole of “chasms” gives us a visual image of their frenzied appearances. Wilfred Owen asks us also to consider what makes the men look like what they do through the rapid fire rhetorical questions of “who are these? Why sit they here in twilight?” this connection with us obtained is exploited in the final stanza when are made to empathise with the young men who have been caught in “twilight” imagery creating being caught in a world from which there is no escape. The tone of these rhetorical questions, is demanding, the multiple term “these” also implies that there are many victims The second stanza continues with “- these are men whose minds the dead have ravished” suggests the realisation of what they represent. The...
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