How does Wilfred Owen portray the enemy as a friend in Strange Meeting?  I want to succeed in showing that Owen had another element to his poetry a friend who was the enemy... also what was the...

How does Wilfred Owen portray the enemy as a friend in Strange Meeting?

 

I want to succeed in showing that Owen had another element to his poetry a friend who was the enemy... also what was the significent of the line 44 "let us sleep now"

 

how is this seen in lines 40-42? or is there another line in the poem???

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Wilfred Owen`s `Strange Meeting' is a dream sequence narrated in the first person, in which the narrator, like Odysseus in the Odyssey, travels through the realms of the dead and sees those slain in battle, both his allies and his enemies. Among the sleepers in Hell is a man the narrator killed, but after death 'no guns thump' – i.e. the war is no longer real. Instead, what living and dead soldier share is the experience of war and killing and their common humanity. In this dream place, as in the ultimate reality of life after death (war as seen from a God`s eye view), there are no enemies, but instead a universal human brotherhood. Not only the persons of the poem, but war itself sleeps, or is put to rest, at the end of the poem.

The ellipsis is the end of the poem.

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