IB English Wilfred Owen Poetry: Exposure

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Exposure of the men to the Exposing the horrors
elements and to imminent of war to the reader
Winter and bitterness danger
­ pathetic fallacy
Exposure of the insanity,
futility and precariousness
Exposed mentally, Exposure of their position
morally, spiritually
Alliteration of sibilance and
Morbid reference toI Keats' "Ode to a consonance ­ sound of
Nightingale" - drowsy numbness
wind, enemies bayonets
from exhaustion, pressure and fear.
Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knive us...
Knive rather than the
Ironic ­ night and silence Wearied we keep awake because the night is silent...
usual knife ­ added
usually induces sleep, Low drooping flares confuse our memory of the salient... dramatic effect, shock
build out of tension in
the atmosphere Worried by silence, sentries whisper, curious, nervous, Near rhyme
Low sibilance ­ fear But nothing happens. Refrain ­ ironic, the
and tension of the Personification ­ erratic, traumatic men wait in
unknown stress anticipation ready for
Simile- men Watching, we hear the mad gusts tugging on the wire. battle, uncertainty
haunted by their Like twitching agonies of men among its brambles. Nature ­ fields and
potential end and agriculture of home.
the deaths of Northward incessantly, the flickering gunnery rumbles, Natural suffering
those before them compared to moral
Far off, like a dull rumour of some other war.
Simile and evil of war
reference to New What are we doing here? Rhetorical question ­ quandary
Testament ­ gives and bewilderment, no one has an
biblical context answer the fundamental question
alludes to the end The poignant misery of dawn begins to grow... of war, no hope remains
of the world
Personification ­ We only know war lasts, rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy.
Personification ­
dawn should bring Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army image of German
hope, but misery soldiers in grey
overshadows it, Attacks once more in ranks on shivering ranks of gray,
uniforms gathering
more exposure, But nothing happens. in the East
pain and suffering
- relentless Sibilance ­ bullets hiss
Sudden successive flights of bullets streak the silence. and whistle past like the
Personification ­ it
wind, finally battle has
is nature, not the Less deadly than the air that shudders black with snow, commenced
bullets that poise
the greatest threat With sidelong flowing flakes that flock, pause and renew, Alliteration- very
to life evocative, ironic
We watch them wandering up and down the wind's nonchalance, beauty of snow
But nothing happens. bringing death

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Personification ­ II
snow becomes as
malicious, They reminisce
deliberate and Pale flakes with lingering stealth come feeling for our faces - and dream of
lethal as the life at home
We cringe in holes, back on forgotten dreams, and stare, snow-dazed,
Germans and the beauty
of nature
Sodden trenches Deep into grassier ditches. So we drowse, sun-dozed,
replaced with Littered with blossoms trickling where the blackbird fusses.…read more



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