Comparison Between 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'Disabled'
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In the poem "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats, the poem’s preoccupations and qualities evoke a Romantic sentimental recollection for the past and refer to it several times. Framed through dynamic poetic techniques and powerful visual imagery, Keats conveys universal concerns and values of immortality of art and the mortality of humans through the compilation of the themes of mortality, nature and transience. “Disabled” by the modernist poet, Wilfred Owen projects numerous sensual metaphors to evoke emotional responses of traumatic war experiences. “Disabled” has transcended barriers of time to pursue concerns and values through the compilation of themes and emotions of unseen scars, human mortality, and religion. The preoccupations and…show more content… The persona has to live in a care home and spends his day watching children enjoying their life in the playground. Through deep examination of this poem, the didactic message that is portrayed in this poem is that you must cherish everything you have and to not take anything for granted. This is due to the fact that you never know when you can suddenly lose everything you have got when you do not expect it. This poem also protests against war and shows the meaningless of it, and the wastage of life caused by it. The frequent switches between present and past in the structure of the poem, and the juxtaposition of remembrance and realisation casts a harsh light on everything the soldier has lost. Each stanza starts with describing the soldier’s present conditions and then compares it to his past life, or vice versa. The final stanza however depicts what he thinks his future holds for him, which he depicts as a life lived by rules set by other people, a life of utter dependency and helplessness.
In contrast to the Romantic world view, the Modernist cares rather little for Nature, Being, or the overarching structures of history. Instead of progress and growth, the Modernist poets see decay and a growing alienation of the individual, which are characteristics portrayed in “Disabled.” “He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark” evokes the isolation of the