IB English Wilfred Owen Poetry: Disabled

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Soldier returned from the war
Unable to do something as disabled
regarded as normal
Alliteration ­ loss of limbs means
that he relies on others and unable
Unnamed ­ loss of identity and to do usual tasks. He is waiting for
Colour imagery ­ negative
representative of many death
colours, menacing, depressing
Contrasts with his later and empty
reference the warmth of his He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark,
past. Neglected by society Alliteration ­ alludes to a vestige
And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey,
Simile and religious imagery­ of a ghost and so death.
Legless, sewn short at elbow. Through the park
hymns are usually positive,
except in a funeral. Alluding Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn, Alliteration and repetition ­ he
to death. has regressed to a childlike
Voices of play and pleasure after day, dependency state, but does not
Metaphor ­ he is ostracized have their freedom.
and alienated from the rest Till gathering sleep had mothered them from him. Metaphor ­ he is no longer
of society, as reality is not
masculine, women are
where he finds peace
carers for him.
Personification ­ elegiac,
mourning the past. Past and About this time Town used to swing so gay Colour imagery ­ `dim'
present juxtaposed finds
peace When glow-lamps budded in the light-blue trees unlike `dark' has
romantic connotations,
Alliteration ­ links idealised And girls glanced lovelier as the air grew dim, associated with the girls
images together of his youth.
-- In the old times, before he threw away his knees. Metaphor ­ self-
Time - elegiac and lamenting
acknowledgment and guilt
his past. He is very final and Now he will never feel again how slim
definite of his prospects. in partial responsibility for
Denying himself happiness Girls' waists are, or how warm their subtle hands, his condition, reckless,
Metaphor ­ he experiences careless
self-hatred and loathing at All of them touch him like some queer disease. Pun ­ he seems strange to
his own condition, since he others reflecting his social
finds his own body repulsive displacement, whilst
There was an artist silly for his face, `queer' also alludes to the
Time and alliteration ­ he has
aged prematurely as a result For it was younger than his youth, last year. lack of female contact he
of war, not only physical now has. A diseased society
effects but also effects on his Now he is old; his back will never brace; manifested through war
Colour imagery - He's lost his colour very far from here, Metaphor ­ associates his
deliberate, intense
Poured it down shell-holes till the veins ran dry, naivety and innocence in
conscribing as a soldier to
Colour imagery and And half his lifetime lapsed in the hot race, his shortened life and
personification ­ a injuries.
grotesque scene
And leap of purple spurted from his thigh.
Sports imagery ­ contrasts Ellipses ­ he has a strong
sports which was masculine sense of regret for joining
and victorious with war. He One time he liked a bloodsmear down his leg,
the war as he realises he
created an identity for
After the matches carried shoulder-high. was not acting rational and
himself as a hero and was
intoxicated by it so wanted to It was after football, when he'd drunk a peg, did not understand the
captialise on this ephemeral true consequences.
successes He thought he'd better join. He wonders why . . .

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Scottish references ­ he was a
member of one of the Scottish
regiments and he joined up
Someone had said he'd look a god in kilts. for reasons of vanity. These
The sadness of the soldier's are merely superficial as the
plight is heightened. Clearly capricious `jilts', women who
he was under-aged when he
enlisted and therefore is still
That's why; and maybe, too, to please his Meg, are unpredictable and
impulsive, will leave him if he
young.…read more


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