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How Does The Poetry Of Wilfred Owen Reflect His Experiences Of The First World War?

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Wilfred Owen effectively replicates his experience of war in his poetry ‘The Next War’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’. Owen operates a variety of sensory techniques within both poems as to illustrate the battlefield at war. A strong sense of comradery is also prevalent theme in Owen’s poetry as he attempts to connect the audience to his ideals.

Owen utilises an engaging level of sensory imagery to replicate battlefield conditions at war. The first person experience in ‘The Next War’, “We’ve sniffed the green thick odour of his breath”, refers to the noxious gas used during warfare. The manipulation of first person accentuates the bond between himself and his memories, evoking horrific ...view middle of the document...

This extensive use of inclusive language draws upon aspects of mateship and family, which was a heavy aspect of war propaganda and the war itself. It also connotes the personal connection Owen had with other soldiers. Hence as Owen satirically mocks war he has demonstrated to a high degree the comradery between soldiers in a subtle manner. Owen furthers this intention through the first line of his epigraph, “War’s a joke for you and me”. War in this instance is denoted as a “joke”, however the connotation is that friends must joke about war to stay sane together. Thus the only two things these soldiers really possess on the battlefield are their brothers in arms and their sanity. Furthermore proving that Owen has created an overwhelming sense of comradery with himself and the soldiers in ‘The Next War’. Similarly, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ is littered with strong religious allusion that demonstrates parallelism to ‘The Next War’. The soldiers are consistently referred to as “choirs” as to allude to religious themes, but also noting the...

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