Wilfred Owen Poetry Analysis

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As Wilfred Owen once said … “My subject is War, and the pity of War. The poetry is in the pity.”
Wilfred Owen, one of the world’s most renowned poets of World War 1, uses sensory imagery to emphasize the unsettling happenings of war. By presenting first-hand views on the challenges of life whilst on the battlefield, Owen delves into the emotional and physical hardships of soldiers during the war. Futility, Insensibility and Anthem for Doomed Youth are three of the five poems released during Owens lifetime with Anthem being released in 1917 a year before futility and insensibility. By using many poetic techniques throughout his poems, Owen presents the romanticised horrors of war which was brought upon by propaganda, by exploring the notions of men who had given up their emotions in order to deal with the trauma of life and death in the trenches.
The emotional hardships of soldiers and the battles of life during the war are delved upon by Owen and presented through unsettling sensory imagery to describe the challenges faced on the battlefield. Owen’s Insensibility was written in a response towards William Wordsworth, a romantic poet who wrote a lyrical poem known as an ode, almost a century before. Odes are usually meant to praise or glorify an event or person, the complete opposite of Owen’s poems. Owen Ironically uses the ode structure in insensibility as he is detailing the emotional struggle and hardship faced by the soldiers in the trenches rather than any positive
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