WWI Poet: Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen was an English poet who specialised in writing about the war. Owen was born on 18th March 1893 in Oswestry. In October 1915 he joined the army and assigned to fight at the Somme. On his return to England and was put into hospital only two years after he joined up in 1917 due to suffering from shellshock. In August 1918 Owen was declared fit and returned to the Western front. He fought at Beaurevoir-Fonsomme, where he was awarded the Military Cross. Wilfred Owen died on 4th November 1918, killed by machine gun fire leading his men across the Sambre Canal, just a week before the Armistice was signed. Well known for his war poems, Owen uses literary techniques to convey his belief that war is disenchantment, obscenity and torture. In his poem Exposure Wilfred Owen uses literary techniques in way to show the reader what the conditions were really like during the First World War and to make it clear that the events that surrounded him, were not pleasant. The reader can assume that the soldiers fighting in World War One and there are flares going off around them. One of the techniques that Owen uses is personification. He writes "the merciless east winds that knife us". This helps to show the pain that the wind was causing the men, and by comparing it to the pain that would be caused by a knife allows the reader to get an understanding of the intensity of the pain. In this sentence the soldiers aren’t actually been acted upon by a knife, Owen has used this personification to describe the qualities of the wind. The author also uses alliteration throughout the poem. “Flowing flakes that flock” and “Deep into grassier ditches. So we drowse, sun dosed” use alliteration. This use of alliteration emphasis the conditions and conveys the imagery of an eerie war scene. The repetition of “but nothing happens” and the word “dying” leave these ideas strongly in the readers head emphasising their importance throughout the poem. By describing...
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