Overview of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen wrote about his own personal experiences which makes his writing is very strong and powerful.
Owen wrote on the real horrors of war not the romanticised view.
Some regard Owen as the best war poet of all time.
Quotes by Owen...
"All a poet can do today is warn."
"The Poetry is in the pity."
Overview of Mental Cases
Theme: The horrors of war can destroy the mind
Purpose: To show the mental horrors of war.
Tone: The writers tone is, Pity, sympathetic
The tone the reader picks up is, Disgusting, Horror, Emotive
Overview of Disabled
Theme: The horrors of war can destroy you physically
Purpose: To show the physical horrors of war.
Mental Cases BP1
“Dawn breaks open like a wound that bleeds afresh.”
“Sunlight seems a blood smear.”
These are really effective as they compare things so basic such as "Dawn" and "Sunlight" to wounds opening and a blood smear. This shows that the veterans must have experienced a lot of this for this description to be able to be used.
They cannot escape their hideous memories of the warfare. The narrator sees them as living in hell,
Mental Cases BP2
Concrete nouns giving a brutal description
“Sloughs of flesh”
“Treading blood from lungs”
These are effective as since Owen was on the front line him self this is what it was actually like and with these strong nouns we know what the reality of war is.
So the main ideas do not offend the reader
- “Threw away his knees.” He didn’t actually they were cut off.
- “He’s lost colour.” He is dead.