• Created by: Anaghale
  • Created on: 05-04-17 21:56



  • Both are about soldiers in wartime.
  • Both present a first-person narrative.
  • Both provide graphic images of death and war.


  • Remains has a faster paced rhythm, Exposure has a more measured pace, reflecting the way the soldiers are waiting.
  • Remains is about modern warfare, Exposure is about World War One.
  • Remains has a structure which disintegrates towards the end, Exposure uses a more regular structure.
  • Exposure is written in the present tense about an experience that is unfolding. Remains is also written mostly in the present tense, but is about a past experience, showing the lasting trauma of the experience of war for this soldier.

Overall comparison




The use of ‘my’ shows how the narrator has taken the responsibility for the murder of the looter and there is no collective to end the poem, suggesting in the end he will always be alone to blame himself. The colloquialism of the poem reminds the reader of the realism of these events, and how it truly affected those involved. Also, Armitage leaves the reader with only a brief glimpse into the life of the haunted veteran. Yet, in ‘Exposure’ Owen uses a metaphor to present the memories left with the soldier; ‘all their eyes are ice.’ This implies that the even when they close their eyes, it reminds the soldiers of the dead and those they left behind in the cold. The metaphor suggests that they are somewhat frozen in time and cannot escape the suffering whether they are alive or dead. Owen uses this to show the reader that the soldiers never truly leave the conflict because it comes home with them, in their minds. Furthermore, in ‘Remains’ Armitage uses the confusion the soldiers had and reflects it within his poem; ‘Probably armed, possibly not.’ This unveils how the soldiers were let conflicted even after the war had ended. Armitage repeats this within the poem reminding the reader of a stutter, from which could have been caused by the trauma of war. Armitage explores how the conflict has affected the soldiers in a mental form for the rest of their lives, leaving them forever conflicted. However, Owen gives the impression that although so much was promised for the soldiers the government never did fulfil their pledges, leaving soldiers alone during the war. At the end of every other stanza, Owen uses ‘but nothing happens’ to constantly remind the reader that these soldiers were uneasy about their safety and wellbeing. The repetition reflects the way that the soldiers themselves felt during the conflict and how it has impacted their way of thinking even after it has ended.