Wilfred Owen View Of Knowledge

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Prioritized Geographical knowledge has the power to do severe damage. It has the power to influence the consumer’s knowledge on certain topics. This was very evident in the course of World War One. It was seen in many different discourses. The portrayal of war in posters, movies, poetry news articles was completely swayed by this power knowledge couplet. Foucault (1977) is a key figure in the understanding of just how this power-knowledge relationship works. As the consumer, we feel as if we have complete control over what we watch, buy and become interested in. However, really this is all already chosen for us by the gatekeepers of media channels etc. ‘Knowledge linked to power not only assumes the authority of the truth but has the power…show more content…
One of his most popular poems, ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ discussed the true horror of war. Gilbert (1983) wrote about several poets during the Great war and described this poem by Owen as ‘bitterly antiwar’ (Gilbert, 1983). Owen also wrote ‘Disabled’ a truly horrific poem writing about a teenage war veteran who lost his limbs in war and was now confined to a wheelchair. There was a backlash to this poem and a lot of people have written critiquing his work on this poem. In one critique Owen’s poem was said to ‘facilitates the marginalization of actual people with disabilities.’ (Laird, 2005). Another very famous poem by Owen, which was greatly critiqued by the likes of W.B Yeats. He described ‘Strange Meeting’ as Owen’s worst and most famous poem. It takes a very different viewpoint of war than Dulce et Decorum est. In ‘Strange Meeting’ Wilfred Owen describes meeting with an enemy that he had killed and knowing that he was in Hell. He also takes a pessimistic view, by talking about the hopelessness in the generations to come, ‘ a quiet resignation in the knowledge that subsequent generations will learn nothing from the carnage of the trench’ (Campbell,
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