What picture of war does the poem create?
Wilfred Owen wrote this powerful anti-war poem to paint a brutally realistic picture of death in combat. At a time when millions of young men were being told how glorious and great it is to serve in the military during wartime, Owen wanted to provide a stark reality check. Recruitment posters in England depicted soldiers in gallant uniforms standing tall, and songs were sung of the noble accomplishments of combat. However, Owen opens the poem up with a different image. Here, a long line of soldiers...
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