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The loss of innocence
Owen, being a young soldier himself, was very aware of the naivete evinced by many
of the soldiers who enlisted. They were not prepared for what they would experience
and hardly knew how to grapple with the carnage and the irrationality of the conflict.
These boys…

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glory and heroism, just the simple soldiers fighting for something they do not quite
understand.




Disillusionment with religion
Owen was certainly a Christian, but he expressed profound disillusionment with
organized religion in his letters and poems. He disliked the close connection between
church and state and how the church was…

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war are not explained away. Owen's view that the war is absurd and incomprehensible
is quite manifest.




"Futility"
Broken into two 7 line stanzas, Futility takes the form of an elegiac sonnet although it
is not structured as one as it is neither in a Petrachan nor Shakespearean form. This…

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Star", although this is an oxymoron, it highlights the inconstant nature of the sun as
it is usually active in the role it plays in rejuvenating the earth yet it is passive when
it comes to reviving the soldier. The narrator doesn't understand how the sun can
give life to…

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"Dulce Et Decorum Est"
Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est takes the form of a narrative poem. The meaning
of the poem presents itself clearly through gradually increasing intensity and
violence with grisly diction, graphic imagery, and an ironic and often purposefully
contradictory tone. Translated, "Dulce Et Decorum Est" means:…

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behind", "fumbling - stumbling" ,and perhaps the rhyme that is most telling to Owen's
underwriting theme is when he rhymes "drowning - drowning". This last rhyme
using the anaphora is chosen solely for the purpose of drawing the reader's attention
to the word and further emphasizing the vividness of which…

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propagandizing it to young men. Pope preys on the young men's desire to be glorious
heroes without telling them the ramifications of enlisting. Owen chose the word
"boys!" perhaps also to reveal how inexperienced at life many of these soldiers are.
Though this poem is from the point of view…

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"Disabled"
"Disabled" is one of Owen's most disturbing and affecting poems. It was written while
he was convalescing at Craiglockhart Hospital in Edinburgh after sustaining injuries
on the battlefield. "Disabled", reflects the result of the decision of a youthful athlete
to become a soldier in the war, as well as…

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"sleep" reinforce the sense that this soldier's life is interminable to him now.



He continues on to reflect on the way his town used to be. "-- In the old times, before
he threw away his knees" (10). Here, Owen makes a compelling choice in diction by
selecting the words,…

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mundane note as the young man wonders why "they" do not come and put him to bed.
It is a reminder that he will have to have others do things for him from now on. His
days of autonomy, and, of course, of glory, are clearly over. The poem is…

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