Exposure - context

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  • Created on: 22-05-18 17:33
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  • Exposure
    • Winter
      • 1917 was said to be the coldest winter in living memory
      • Owen and his fellow soldiers were forced to lie outside in freezing conditions for days
      • Soldiers suffered from hypothermia, frostbite and even trench foot
    • Propaganda and Negativity
      • His poetry was revolutionary as it portrayed war negatively
      • His poems contradicted the scenes of glory portrayed in the British press
      • Owen said, 'my theme is war and the pity of war'
      • He viewed war as senseless
      • He was keen to make the public aware of the dreadful horrors of war
    • Style
      • 'our brains ache' - Ode to the Nightingale by John Keats
      • He was a fan of John Keats
      • Owen's style was lots of para-rhymes, alliteration and assonance
    • Experiences of War
      • He was awarded a Military Cross for his bravery
      • Owen was in the British army in WW1
      • He was persuaded to return to the front
      • Owen was hospitalised for shell-shock (PTSD)
      • While in hospital, he was persuaded by Sassoon that the government was deliberately prolonging the war


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