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“How Does Wilfred Owen Present The Horror And Pity Of War In The ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’ And ‘Disabled’?”

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Owen presents the horror and pity of war by his use of visual and auditory images. They help to heighten the sense of brutality and graphically describe the fear that soldiers felt. His poems are strongly influenced by that fact that he served in the armed forces and personally witnessed some of the situations expressed in his poems.

Throughout the poem Wilfred Owen uses visual descriptions to create sympathy and pity towards those both experiencing the horror of war and those who feel the toll that war can inflict. This is achieved by the dramatic title “Anthem for doomed youth”. The word “doomed” suggests something dark and morbid in the inevitable future. The use of the long vowel sound ...view middle of the document...

He does this by using the phrase “leap of purple spurted from his thigh”. The word ‘leap’ is very dramatic and strengthens the description about the extent of the wound. The words ‘purple’ and ‘spurted’ make the description very graphic and almost sickening. It is a plain example of one of the unnatural horrors of war and a poignant reminder also.

Wilfred Owen likes to use a range of techniques in his poems in order to fully explore the concepts of the topic and uses auditory images as well as visual to present the horror of war. He does this by using phrases such as “stuttering rifles rapid rattle”. The alliteration of ‘rifles rapid rattle’ and onomatopoeia ‘stuttering....rattle’ accurately recreate the sounds of the battlefield as well as promoting the sense of horror from the speed of the rifles. Owen uses the phrase “shrill demented choirs” to describe the full range of noises experienced in battle and try to relate them to a situation we could imagine to help us empathize with the soldiers. The word ‘shrill’ is an unpleasant and almost painful sound which makes the juxtaposition all the more powerful. Owen personifies objects and describes them as if they have a life of their own. He does this in phrases such as “wailing shells”. The personification of the shells suggests that even they are mourning in pain which is heightened by the onomatopoeia ‘wailing’. At the end of stanza one he focuses more on the sounds of mourning for the dead. He uses the phrase ‘bugles calling for them from sad shires’ to describe this. The use of sibilance in the phrase creates a calm, peaceful atmosphere in contrast to the cacophony of the battlefield.

Owen uses contrasting scenarios before and after soldiers deaths to express the pity felt in the poem. He does this in particular through phrases like “shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes”. The word “goodbyes” bluntly ends the phrase emphasizing that there is no hope left or ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. The sibilance creates a sense of quietness in contrast to the deafening battlefield. Owen also uses metaphors and similes to help us relate to the grief felt and take pity on those still alive in the poem. He does this through phrases such as “drawing down of blinds”. The word ‘blinds’ relates to the tradition of the drawing of curtains when someone dies. This metaphorically conjures the image of soldiers eyelids being closed and is another image capturing the loss of light that is hinted throughout the poem. Visual images are once again used when portraying pity in the sestet of “anthem for doomed youth”. Owen uses phrases such as “each slow dusk” to achieve this. The word ‘dusk’ is not...

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