Disabled a Poem by Wilfred Owen and Refugee Blues by W.H. Auden

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Both Wilfred Owen and W.H Auden effectively express their opinions on the sensitive topic of war, having experienced the direct impact of it first hand which is indisputably evident in their poems ‘Disabled’ and ‘Refugee Blues’ respectively. Both the poems focus on the intense depiction of the unglamorous consequences tied with war. ‘Disabled’ as per the title is about a young soldier disabled both physically and emotionally during combat. The poem is written in close focus third person and zooms in on the soldier’s unwillingness to continue with his life as he falls into slow depression which is illustrated by the close focus pathos (pity) where at the end of the poem is spoken in the voice of the soldier as he questions himself ‘why …show more content…
Both Wilfred Owen and W.H Auden effectively express their opinions on the sensitive topic of war, having experienced the direct impact of it first hand which is indisputably evident in their poems ‘Disabled’ and ‘Refugee Blues’ respectively. Both the poems focus on the intense depiction of the unglamorous consequences tied with war. ‘Disabled’ as per the title is about a young soldier disabled both physically and emotionally during combat. The poem is written in close focus third person and zooms in on the soldier’s unwillingness to continue with his life as he falls into slow depression which is illustrated by the close focus pathos (pity) where at the end of the poem is spoken in the voice of the soldier as he questions himself ‘why don’t they come?’ in hopes of getting no reply. Here ‘they’ refers to death itself and the use of repetition reinforces on his misery and endless suffering. Similarly, ‘Refugee Blues’ describes the life of Jews who were forced to flee Europe when the Holocaust started in the voice of an old man speaking to what seems to be his wife by the use of phrase “my dear’. The calm attitude of the speaker throughout the poem may suggest that he has made peace with the fact that he can’t do anything and can only reassure his wife that everything will be alright“But we are still alive, my dear , but we are still alive’. Alternatively it may suggest his depression and lost hope of any future.
Both the poems create a shocking contrast between before and
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