Wilfred Owen Speech

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HSC English Assessment Task 3 – Oral Presentation

Move him into the sun –
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Wilfred Owen was not only a soldier exposed to the horrific realities of war, he was also a talented poet who addresses important themes within his poetry such as the false glorification of war. His vivid and visceral descriptions of the horrors of war also strongly addressed the futility of war that people should not have to endure in any lifetime. When exploring his poetry, the audience is compelled to question ‘Was Owen aware that he would never return to his home and family?’ His poetry, particularly the pity, conveys an ominous realisation of his ultimate fate. As we are aware, he lost his life within the last week of the war, which may explain the violence, passion and heartache that characterises his poetry.

His poem Anthem for Doomed Youth paints a mental picture of the futility of war for the viewer as he effectively utilises a range of poetic techniques throughout the poem. The sonnet form of Anthem for Doomed Youth ironically illustrates Owen’s ultimately futile experience of war. The title of the poem clearly informs the audience of Owen’s views of the war as well as establishing the hopeless tone of the poem. The title is ironic as an “anthem” is normally a religious song/hymn of praise or celebration yet Owen is vividly asserting that those being sent to war are simply “doomed youth”. Owen also uses techniques such as personification, alliteration and onomatopoeias throughout the poem. Owen uses these various techniques in addressing the statement on the pity of war successfully. The concluding sentences in his poem shows graphically the pity through the use of imagery. An example of this is the sentence “The Pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall:” This...
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