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Comparing Owen and Girls Writers’ Poems

Comparing Owen and Women Writers’ Poems

Owen was an English poet whose job was characterised by his anger at the cruelty and waste material of battle, which he experienced during service on the Western Entrance. Edited by Sassoon and released in 1920, Owen’s single level of poems contain probably the most poignant English poetry of Globe War One, incorporating ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’.

One approach Owen conveys the experience of war is by making people aware that some of the horrors of battle were hidden behind propaganda. He conveys this perfectly in ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ “My friend, you would not tell with such large zest To children ardent for a few desperate glory, The outdated Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.” This is the most unforgettable lines of Owen’s poetry. It translates from Latin to: “It really is sweet and right to die for one’s country”. This was a expression repeated in academic institutions and churches and homes and political circles to entice teenagers to embrace patriotic fervour and enlist in the armed service. The true nature of battle was concealed plus they went off to war like the soldier in “Disabled” – fresh, naive, packed with dreams and totally unprepared for the carnage and complexity, “half his lifetime lapsed in the hot race”. This totally dismantles the myth that battle is glorious and teenagers should die on the nation’s behalf. The verses before the last lines of ‘Dulce et decorum est’ means that the battle was a surreal war of horror, nightmare, and pain. This solitary poem of Owen’s will do to mention to the reader precisely how terrible WWI was, and how far taken out the actuality of fight was from idealism and heroism. ‘The Falling Leaves’ Margaret Cole says “I saw the brownish leaves dropping from their tree” by linking the leaves to the soldiers she is linking the inevitability of the soldiers’ deaths to the inevitability of the leaves falling from the tree. This implies that, like Owen, Margaret believes that the propaganda is definitely misleading and even though she thinks the soldiers will be brave “gallant multitude” she thinks they are being brave for the wrong reasons, exactly like Owen. Owen, again, reveals the lies of propaganda in ‘Disabled’ “Some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer Goal” Owen is definitely implying that no one appreciates the protagonist and his job, Owen implies that he is forgotten and that he is not the hero he imagined he would come to be and the propaganda misled him totally.

Another method Owen conveys the knowledge of war is by highlighting the way the soldiers aren’t appreciated as there will be plenty of soldiers and a person is not going to be remembered for what a vast mass did even if that each has lost a part of him for the war. One of the explanations why ‘Disabled’ is such a strong and the divine matrix unforgettable poem is just how much it resonates with the reader. The young protagonist is genuine, relatable. He could possibly be any one of the young men who joined the war for glory and did not prevent to contemplate the sacrifices required, and who returned real estate very different actually or psychologically from his past self. He spends much of the poem reminiscing about the days before the war when he was heroic and much loved, and also physically whole. He joined the war for seemingly silly causes, and Owen condemns how easy it had been for such a naive boy to lie about his age group and enlist. “Now he’ll never feel again how slim Young ladies’ waists happen to be, or how warm their subtle hands, Every one of them feel him like some queer disease.” The quotation shows the way the boy’s greatest regret now could be that he will not be appealing to women. He does not lament his insufficient glory or awards, but that his life back at home will end up being incomplete and unfulfilling. That is a pitifully unfortunate and universal dread for young men of all wars and all eras. The protagonist doesn’t think he is a complete person “men that were whole” he’s abandoned, uncared for, isolated, forgotten as he’s not just a man. Margaret Cole similarly writes about this issue in ‘The Falling Leaves’ “I saw the brownish leaves dropping from their tree” therefore that the soldiers’ deaths will be trivial, exactly like Owen did, as she actually is implying that in this poem the leaves will be soldiers rather than many persons care if a multitude of leaves fall off a tree they simply modern time just continue with their lives as if nothing at all happened. Margaret Cole is implying that the consequences of the soldiers will be trivial to world. Anna Gordon-Keown differs in the manner she conveys the knowledge of battle. In ‘Reported Missing’ Anna writes about a mother who has received reports that her child has been reported missing while he was fighting in the battle. Anna conveys the mother to be grieving heavily, and also in denial of the son’s death, “This heart and soul would never beat if you were dead.”. The fact that the mother is in so much distress really implies that the death of 1 soldier often means the emotional death of many.

Owen also highlights the way the soldiers are being controlled in ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ “What passing-bells for many who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns.”. This poem shows that the young men fighting in the war die nameless and faceless – like family pets. They will be denied the dignity of correct funerals and burials oftentimes, and are not really afforded the rituals and traditions of these who die under common circumstances. They need to be content with the noises of guns and rifles as their bells and choirs. Owen also expresses sympathy with the women back in the home who mourn their fallen sons, husbands, and brothers, but has little to comfort them. War disrupts the habits and norms of life, and, clearly, of death. Owen also highlights how soldiers are being controlled in ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ where Owen says “Men marched asleep” this implies that the soldiers are simply going to war for the sake of it and are being blinded by their fake hope to be a hero not really rationally thinking of the results to soon follow.

In conclusion, Owen is (rightfully) extremely infuriated with practically everything regarding war and he didn’t prefer how it had been portrayed. He provides first-hand knowledge with the horrors of war but the women writers don’t so they can only reveal what they have heard (or have been fed) therefore the ways they convey war are sometimes quite different.