How does Wilfred Owen portray the physical and metal suffering of the individual soldiers in his war poems? I need to discuss this for an assignment with reference to three poems of his.

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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 shell. Be careful; can’t shake hands now; never shall. Both arms have mutinied against me,–brutes. My fingers fidget like ten idle brats.” Two key ideas here about the impact on the soldier are, 1) the fear of the permanency of physical injury, “I’m blind” and “can’t shake hands now, never shall,” and 2) the lack of control the soldier has over his body: “Both arms have mutinied against me” and the fingers fidgeting like “10 idle brats.”

The hopelessness of the soldier’s situation leads him to dream of a miracle: “Tell me how long I’ve got, God! For one year To help myself to nothing more than air! One spring! is one to good to spare, too long? Spring wind would work its own way to my lung, And grow me legs as quick as lilac shoots.” Commentators about war...

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