Wilfred Owen's Attitude Towards World War 1 As Shown In His Poetry

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What is Wilfred Owen’s attitude towards Worlds War 1 and how is this shown through his poetry?
You should comment upon and compare at least two of his poems and describe the tone he writes in the imagery he uses and the poetical techniques he includes to convey his opinions.
Wilfred Owen was born in Shropshire on 18th March 1893. He was the son of a railway worker and was educated at schools in Shrewsbury and Liverpool. Wilfred was encouraged to write poetry from an early age by his devoted mother. He couldn't afford university education, so decided to go abroad to teach English in France. Owen then volunteered for the Army in 1914 when the First World War was in action. After training he became an officer and was sent to France at the
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It gives us the image that it takes a lot of effort for them to move.
'Men marched asleep; many had lost their boots,'
'Men marched asleep, many had lost their boots,' uses both alliteration and a hyperbole to illustrate how exhausted they were as they probably had not slept for months. Furthermore, it suggests that they are in a horrific condition and are facing extreme pain.
In the first stanza the pace is very slow and a painstaking rhythm. Owen decides to use long words to illustrates how painstaking and slow the war was. Owen describes how painful and miserable the trenches are by using; similes, alliteration, hyperbole and onomatopoeia this is a wide range of language use and fits in well with what is described in the first stanza.

‘Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! An ecstasy of fumbling’
‘Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!' explains the speed of this section and that there is urgency in what is happening. The image created is that everyone in 'an ecstasy of fumbling' was forced to run out into the mist, unaware of what is out there. Anyone wanting to fight in the war would become nervous at the image of himself running out into a blood bath the gas would burn and melt anyone who inhales it causing a very painful death. The graphic images displayed here are affecting and can be hard to be forgotten. The word 'ecstasy,' is ironic as it gives the impression of extreme joy because it is a drug, yet the opposite

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