The Send Off Annotated

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The author uses this to create the idea that after war the only way in which a man can truly begin to heal is through the love and attention of a woman. Wilfred Owen writes poems truly from his own experience in the first world war. In one of his poems, The Send Off, he expresses the after effect of war on the soldiers. It is an ironic poem about how the soldiers were sent off to the battlefront during world war one. Owen convoys us that soldiers are being sent to their doom. He reveals a deep sense of anger at the fate that will befall the soldiers being sent off to fight. He starts of saying how the bewildered soldiers ‘sang their way down the siding shed’ through the darkening lanes with their faces ‘grimly gay’. The soldiers don’t realise…show more content…
Goods are both stored and sold in the siding shed. The soldiers are being sold to the war by the government. The soldiers left thinking that they were going to return as heroes, when in fact they weren’t even likely to return. Even if they had returned they wouldn’t be the same way they were when they left. They mightn’t look physically damaged, but they are left emotionally damaged. Everything they were before gets left on the battlefield. The government brainwashed the soldiers into thinking that the war isn’t going to be brutal and that they are going to be returning as heroes. What they didn’t tell the soldiers was that they have a less chance of returning than they do surviving. There wasn’t much value placed on the soldiers, they were sold like goods to the war. The ‘closing dark lanes’, creates an image and gives this sense of claustrophobia, the lanes are fatefully closing in on them, implying that it’s a point of no return. Wilfred Owen is foreboding what tragic events are to come. He uses oxymoron. He says how the soldier’s faces were grimly gay. In this case, gay means happy, this leads us to thinking that the soldiers are happy. Wilfred…show more content…
This could be used to describe the soldiers clothing; some adorned flowers may have been pinned to their uniforms by women. The flowers remind Wilfred Owen of wreaths found on the body of corpses cresting this image that the soldiers are bound to die. The word ‘struck’ is used to create a sense of brutality. He goes on to say ‘as men’s are dead’, meaning that the men are literally as good as dead. they’re going to die on the battlefield. He creates the idea of sympathy and sadness by reinforcing the fact that they aren’t going to return. Wilfred Owen uses irony. We know that the soldiers are going to die, but they don’t know it themselves. As the soldiers are boarding the train, ‘dull porters watch them’. The porters are described as dull due to the fact that they have seen so many soldiers leave to fight for their country, and little have returned. They’ve seen it all before. It doesn’t come as a surprise to them anymore. When the porters see those who have returned they are either suffering from shell shock, known as post-traumatic stress, or depression. The faces of the porters shown no emotion because they’ve already seen it before, it’s their job. They know the soldiers aren’t going to return when they leave. ‘A casual tramp stood staring hard, sorry to miss them from the upland camp’. By this we get the idea that this ambiguous tramp could have been an ex-soldier
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