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Wilfred Owen

"Insensibility" by Wilfred Owen is a searing anti-war poem that graphically describes the plight of common soldiers while at the same time condemning those who send them off to fight. Wilfred Owen...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 12:53 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen’s poem titled “Futility” is a work worth examining in some detail in order to understand how its techniques contribute to its themes and meanings. Here are some noteworthy aspects of...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 2:54 pm UTC

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Firstly, one should understand that this is one of Owen's numerous anti-war poems. This poem, however, differs somewhat from the others because the imagery used here is much more gentle than the...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2015 3:31 pm UTC

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen is best known for poetry he wrote based upon his experiences in Europe, particularly France, during World War I. "Futility" is one such poem, and as the title suggests, the speaker...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2016 6:24 pm UTC

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A “casual tramp” in this poem stands staring hard at the women who rush to bid farewell to a group of soldiers going off to the front. The tramp appears interested in the soldiers and the poet says...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018 8:38 am UTC

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"Conscious" is a third person description of a wounded World War I soldier convalescing in a hospital, probably somewhere in England or France. The title is a reference to the fact that the man is...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2013 2:02 pm UTC

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"The Show" is a poem depicting a soldier's out of body experience upon dying in a battle in World War I. In this poem, as in other poems, Owen's "increasing disgust at the carnage of battle [is]...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2015 4:57 pm UTC

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The main characteristics of Owen's poetry show the results of the poet's own trauma, both physical and emotional, while serving in World War I. Owen was wounded multiple times and experienced what...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018 12:16 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen

With regard to Wilfred Owen's poem, "Smile, Smile, Smile," it refers, as do all of his poems, to World War I. There is an incongruity at the start of the poem: the newspapers are advertising new...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 1:26 pm UTC

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I believe I am reading the same poem as you, though in my textbook, the poem has only two stanzas. The first stanza of the poem "Asleep" by Wilfred Owen describes a soldier who is shot while...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010 8:05 am UTC

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In his poem “A Terre,” Owen imagines how a soldier would feel after losing his limbs in a shell attack. The first four lines vividly describe this: “Sit on the bed; I’m blind, and three parts...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2018 11:41 am UTC

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Let's take a look at some of the primary features of Wilfred Owen's poem “Futility.” First, we should think about the poem's context. Wilfred Owen was a poet soldier of the First World War. His...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021 9:56 pm UTC

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen himself wrote, "My subject is War, and the pity of war." By pity Owen implies his sorrow and compassion for soldiers fighting in senseless battles that end in death and suffering. One...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2015 9:21 am UTC

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Sigfried Sassoon’s “Suicide in the Trenches” and Wilfred Owen’s “Futility” are both poems that emphasize death in war – in particular, death in World War I. Sassoon’s poem emphasizes death by...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012 10:44 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen was a British poet who, in sharp contrast to such patriotic poets as Rupert Brooke, debunked the glorification of war and wrote instead of the horrors of World War I as well as the...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2015 1:32 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen once wrote, "The poetry is in the pity," and he spent much of his life feeling sympathy for the oppressed. This sympathy is certainly evinced in his poetry. When he was near the age of...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 6:47 am UTC

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William Butler Yeats had little respect for the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Not only did Yeats exclude the verse of Owen (and other World War I poets) from an influential anthology he edited, but he...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012 1:12 pm UTC

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Issues of class and of class division appear a number of times in the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Since much of Owen’s war poetry deals with the sufferings of common soldiers, and since most common...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012 12:16 pm UTC

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Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were both war poets who wrote anti-war poems, and both also depicted the violence and the brute physicality of war. For example, in "Dulce Et Decorum Est," Owen...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019 2:35 pm UTC

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Wilfred Owen's "Futility" is written mostly in iambic meter. The first line, for example, reads, "Move him/ into/ the sun." The syllables I have highlighted in bold are the syllables that are...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 10:28 am UTC

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Part of the effectiveness of Wilfred Owen’s poem “Greater Love” depends on its use of a variety of poetic devices and techniques, including the following: Repetition, as in the double use of “red”...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 4:25 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen was a British soldier in World War I who wrote poems about the suffering of soldiers and the uselessness of their deaths. In the opening lines of his beautiful poem "Anthem for Doomed...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 5:46 pm UTC

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen was a British war poet famed for his vivid and visceral verses about the atrocities of World War I. For a span of twenty-one months, from January 1917 until his death on the...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 5:26 pm UTC

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Wilfred Owen

“The Parable of the Old Man and the Young” by Wilfred Owen begins as the biblical story of Abraham and his son, Isaac. In the biblical story, Abraham readies a pyre and knife, as he prepares Isaac...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 3:43 pm UTC

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen is perhaps the most famous and most widely read of all the British poets of World War I. He served in the war, saw its horrors up close, and ultimately was killed very shortly before...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012 1:25 pm UTC

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Wilfred Owen

Sassoon and Owen, by and large, write on similar themes and share similar concerns about the waste and horror of war. Sassoon's influence on Owen was significant; the two met at Craiglockhart...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2018 12:12 pm UTC

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Philip Larkin wrote often – and often very appreciatively – about the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Most of his writings about Owen are collected in his volume of essays titled Required Writing. Although...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 10:18 am UTC

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Much has been written about the influence of other poets (such as Shelley, Keats, and Sassoon) on the poetry of Wilfred Owen, but much less has been written about Owen’s influence on the poets who...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 11:06 am UTC

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In his poem “Spring Offensive,” Wilfred Owen uses contrasts to emphasize the horrors of war that the young soldiers endure. By first building up a picture of a bucolic landscape and then thrusting...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2021 6:03 am UTC

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I am unfamiliar with this war poem, but the term "sucked sugar stick" is familiar. Sugar cane looks like a stick, is very sweet, is sucked to make the sugar come out, and is often give to little...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012 4:43 am UTC

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Rupert Brooke’s poem “Peace” and Wilfred Owen’s poem “Futility” are strikingly different works, even though both were written in response to World War I. Brooke’s poem celebrates war as an...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012 11:30 am UTC

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Stanza four of Wilfred Owen’s poem “Greater Love” is an especially important stanza because it marks the conclusion of the poem. In this stanza, then, one might expect Owen to try to be especially...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2012 5:45 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen

I love Owen's poetry. "Dulce et Decorum Est" is one of the most powerful poems I know. This summer I spent some time reading many of Owen's other poems, and one that I can highly recommend to you...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2011 1:34 pm UTC

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William Bultler Yeats, in criticizing Wilifred Owen, and in omitting many of the well-known first world war poets from The Oxford Book of Modern Verse, 1892-1935, which he edited, was taking a...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2012 7:19 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen discovered John Keats when he was still in school and his letters attest the degree to which he admired and was influenced by the earlier Romantic poetic. Critics have notes that the...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 5:10 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen enlisted in the army as a young man determined to make a difference and scared of what a German victory in World War I might entail. After training as an officer, he soon enjoyed the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2015 6:37 am UTC

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In scanning a poem, the most important thing is to avoid preconceptions about the abstract metrical scheme of a poem before looking at the actual rhythm of the words. After you have marked the...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 7:48 am UTC

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In an article published in 1977 titled “Wilfred Owen -- A Re-assessment,” A. Banerjee argued that Owen’s influence can be detected in the work of a number of other twentieth-century British...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 8:56 am UTC

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One approach to discussing the ways Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon present conflict in their poems is to look at the ideas of autonomy, free will and control. In the time of Tennyson,...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2010 11:17 pm UTC

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Ever since the beginning of the war in Iraq, Americans and people everywhere, for that matter, have been able to see first hand what war is really like due to the reports of imbedded reporters and...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2010 1:59 am UTC

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen is one of my favorite poets...it is a shame that he died only a few days before the end of the war which inspired so many of his poems. "Dulce et Decorum est" is my favorite. With...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2009 8:28 am UTC

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One way in which Owen's poetry might have been different had he not been in military battle would lie in its depiction of war itself. Wilfred Owen's participation in the war made him aware of its...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2015 1:17 pm UTC

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