What are some of the techniques used in the poem "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen?
One technique used in this poem is the juxtaposition of light and dark imagery. For example, in the first stanza, Owen describes the soldier "waiting for dark" and dressed in a "ghastly suit of grey." The darkness suggested by these images is symbolic of the soldier's feelings of hopelessness and misery now that the war has ruined his life. In the second stanza, however, in which Owen describes the soldier's life before the war, he describes "glow-lamps budd[ing] in the light-blue trees." This image connotes light and color (in juxtaposition to the darkness of the previous stanza), which symbolizes the happiness and innocence of the soldier's life before the war. This juxtaposition of light and dark imagery thus presents, visually, the changing emotional state of the soldier.
This point is emphasized in the third stanza when Owen writes that the soldier, metaphorically, "lost his colour... down shell-holes till the veins ran dry." The "colour" here is suggestive of light, as opposed to the...
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