Wilfred Owen Techniques

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Wilfred Owens war poetry Good morning/afternoon teacher and peers, Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 in Oswestry (United Kingdom). He wanted to be a poet from the age of nineteen although most of his famous work is that which he wrote in his years spent in the war where he died in 1918. The preface to Owens poetry read: “This book is not about heroes. English poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except war. Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity. To help tell you how Owen uses poetic techniques to achieve the objective stated above i will provide an…show more content…
Figurative language, as with most poetry, is readily used in much of Owens work because it helps to create tone and communicate emotion effectively. Let’s take a look at the poem mental cases for a few examples of figurative language. Metaphor, misery swelters surely we have perished. Simile, bearing teeth that leer like skulls teeth wicked? And also the poem disabled where we see an example of personification in the line that speaks of how the town used to swing so gay. Symbolism when it tells of the disabled man wearing his ghastly suit of gray, the gray symbolises the dullness and shadows that now hang over him. We often see the use of oxymoron’s and paradox when something is being contrasted within a poem such as a line from the poem dulce et decorum est, gas! GAS! Quick boys!- An ecstasy of fumbling which is used to describe the controlled panic which quickly increases as the men fumble to put on thier gas masks. A good example of a paradox also from this poem is the line that Owen writes “the devil, sick of sick” this is a paradox because the devil is a personification of sin, this is just another way he portrays how horrific war is. Rhetorical features are used by Wilfred Owen as it heightens the effect of the language, to create a more persuasive effect. Repetition is often used weather this be to make the poem sound monotonous when read such
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