In stanza one, I notice that Wilfred Owen is putting himself in the shoes of soldiers in the war, he tends to describe the poor conditions the soldiers were to march in and the constant hours they were forced to stay awake. It is also mentioned that they were in a continuous flee from the bombs that were dropped, dropped so close that they became blind, deaf, and even bloody. In stanza two, the fear of the soldiers is continued as poisonous gas is released upon them. The nervousness of them was intense and it seems almost as if they were too scared to even remember how to put on their helmets. Many people ended up without being able to equip in time and therefore ‘drowned’ in the green sea of poisonous gas. In stanza three, the shortest of them all, the reader is able to experience the sadness almost of losing a fellow soldier. This stanza contains the explanation of a soldier choking on gas running to you for help, only minutes away from death, struggling to survive. In stanza four, the reader is to feel how a soldier felt losing a fellow soldier and disposing of his body. Owen incorporates the reader into the poem by saying “if in some smothering dreams you too could pace behind the wagon that we flung him in”, and then goes into further details of how it felt to dispose of the body. This tends to me a very gruesome scene and this is developed through imagery. Owen also mentions that it is not sweet and proper to die for ones country due to the things you have to face and suffer.
2. The speaker is a soldier in the war, currently in the struggle of being constantly attacked and watching his fellow soldiers die in front of his eyes and having to dispose of the bodies. The person being spoken is the children ardent for some desperate glory, as he is explaining that going to war to be patriotic or such is not the right choice; he is advising the children.
3. The main theme of this poem is of course war. Going into this...
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