Wilfred Owen`s War Poems Essay
Wilfred Owen was born on 18th March 1893 in Oswestry, Britain. Wilfred Owen was a compassionate poet, his work provides the finest descriptions and critique of the soldier`s experiences during World War 1. He was killed in battle on 4th November 1918 in Ors, France, one week before the peace was declared.
World War 1 “The Great War” also called “The war to end all wars” broke out in the year 1914 and ended in the year 1918. For many years afterwards its causes, and the conduct of all the participants were minutely picked-over, investigated and analysed. After, numerous books were written on all the War’s aspects. Those soldiers who had fought in the trenches returned home and tried to resume normal lives – often by no means easy, especially for those who had been wounded, not only physically but also mentally by the horrors which they had experienced.
Disabled shows the after effects of a soldier after this war ended. It shows how human beings not only loose parts of their bodies but also lose their future and their desire to live as portrated in the soldier that this poem is based on because he is not able to do the things that he used to do before being in the war.
Mental Cases The narrator in this three stanza poem observes men in a mental hospital who suffer from what at the time was called shell shock and now might be labeled post-traumatic stress disorder. In any case, they are insane; they relive the “batter of guns and shatter of flying muscles.” For these tortured souls, “sunlight seems a bloodsmear” and “dawn breaks open like a wound that bleeds afresh.” They cannot escape their hideous memories of the warfare. The narrator sees them as living in hell, and he accepts for all society the blame for what has happened to them–we, he says, have “dealt them war and madness.”
Exposure (has 8 stanzaz) In this poem Wilfred Owen tried to show how dangeous and cruel the nature can be to human being while in war. It explains the pain, the bad weather and bad condition of living (living in trenches) the soldiers have to go through to defend their country. Also this shows that to a soldier everything becomes their enemy in the war and their love for God is dying.
Wilfred Owen Introduces the main themes as tragedy and horrifying things that no human being deserve to go through.
Disabled: Starts with a man that lost parts of his body and also lost his future and hopes of being alive because of the fear of being rejected. Owen shows the pity and the waste of nostalgically looking back at the young man`s life because he was too young to join the up.
He says,”Now he will never feel how slim girl`s waists are, or how warm their subtle hands. All of them touch him like some queer disease.” (Stanza 2, line 6 + 7) Wilfred Owen tries to describe the soldier was able to touch and feel people but after he lost his arms and the only people that touches him are nurses to help him move, making him feel lonely and like a disease because no one goes near him except from the nurses.
In the poem Wilfred Owen also says ” Now, he will spend a few years in institutes, and do what things the rules consider wise, and take whatever pity they may dole. Tonight he noticed how the women`s eyes passed from him to the strong man that were whole. How cold and late it is! Why don’t they come and put him into bed? Why don’t they come?” This paragraph is to show how miserable he feels to see a women attracted to another man and not on him as used to happen before he went to war also Wilfred Owen says why don’t they put him (The Soldier) to rest because he lost interest in life.
Mental Cases shows the traumatising effects on a man`s mind after witnessing such horrors. The mind has broken down and the man is neither alive or dead (Being in twilight).
Wilfred Owen says ” These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished. Memory fingers in their hair of munders, Multitudinous murders they once witnessed.” (Stanza 2 lines 1+2) This paragraph shows how mentally weak a man becomes when they witness innocent young people being murdered, making them have that thought of guilt (trauma) for the rest of their life.
Exposure: Shows that nature is also very dangerous and can kill anyone in both sides of this war, shows in this poem, enemies are not the only thing that is able to kill.
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Wilfred Owen concludes the poems in a tragic way by saying the consequenses of war and how horrible war is.
I really liked Mental Cases because it shows in more details how a war can make a person so misery and make them know how horrible being in a war is all about, seeing dead bodies and blood everywhere can make a person go metal and put them in their own world in the soldier`s head.