Owens uses figurative language, like similes and hyperboles, to make his hardships as a soldier understandable to his readers. …show more content…
In another example of imagery, Owens states, “watch the white eyes writhing in his face/ His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin” (ll. 19-20). This verse creates a vivid picture of how dying in the war was not glorious; instead, it was bloody and horrifying. Owen’s use of imagery allows the reader to build a clear picture of how vicious and gory conditions were during war.
Throughout the entire poem, Owen uses a distinguishable rhyme scheme. One example of rhyme is when he describes, “gas! GAS! Quick, boys! --An ecstasy of fumbling” (l. 9) and
“someone still was yelling out and stumbling” (l. 11). The words “fumbling” and “stumbling” show how unsteady and how unprepared soldiers are regardless of all their training.In two other verses, Owen states, “we cursed through sludge” (l. 2) and “towards our distant rest began to trudge” (l. 4). His choice of the words “sludge” and “trudge” emphasizes how exhausted soldiers are and yet they continue to keep fighting every day in hopes to living another moment.
The rhyme scheme in the poem allows the reader to comprehend the horrid mood and understand how war affects