comment on Wilfred Owen's  view of war  in "Strange Meeting"

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Owen's easy conversational style appeals to the modern reader.Strange meeting is an eloquent exposition of the dehumanising monstrosities of war.the poet surveys the tragedy of the innumerable young men struck down on the threshold of undone years.owen was bitterly disillusioned from his personal experience of the pitiful waste of human life and so he exposes the emptiness of the misleading glorification of war by poets, politicians and by "neurotic cripples searching for their masculinity".using the dead soldier as his mouthpiece the poet expresses his horror atthe huge waste of young lives and fears that mankind will take a long time to learn the great truth-that war is great evil.the poet urges the nations to forget and shed their hateful doctrines which lead to battleground.innocent young men have been forced onto  the fronts and killed there like flies-all in the name of military power.Respect for the sacredness of life is what will ultimately provide true security to the world around.the pity lies in the deception which in the name of patriotism hurls these young men to thier untimely doom.the civilized is even now lusting after supremacy of the state.the poet is prophetic in his view that nations will not yet listen to reason but 'when much blood had clogged their chariot wheels' then would it be time to pour the soothing spirit'without stint'.he has clearly underlined the useless loss and waste of precious lives on battlefield in the name of Patriotism.

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