The word titanic further suggests widespread destruction and massive damages caused. Religious allusions play a part too. Owen's use of internal rhyme and repetition is clear in lines 7 - 10. Strange Meeting is written in heroic couplets and there are a total of 44 lines contained in four stanzas. The First World War did cost over nine million lives. The hopelessness of war is further shown as soldiers die with unresolved conflicts in life.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls. The first meaning of literal sleep or rest further provides the dream-like quality that the persona is experiencing. Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations. I think that he would be trying to warn future generations and also tell the truth about the war to civilians. I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. I am going to explore what I find to be three of his best poems and show how he achieved this aim. Which may not seem as big of a deal until you think as to how many diseases they has the possibly of coming in contact with.
None will break ranks, though nations trek from progress. There are not enough horses so David walks alongside for the duration of the journey. A strange meeting in an even stranger meeting place for what will become an act of grace. Owen's use of exact diction and vivid figurative language emphasizes his point, showing that war is terrible and devastating. A pararhyme is a slant or partial rhyme in which the words have similar consonants before and after unlike vowels — escaped and scooped, groaned and grained, hair and hour. It also, cogently presents a nightmarish vision of hell uploading all its demons into the root directory of an impoverished soldier who saw one of his comrades gassed to death. The theme of uncertainty and ambiguity is also present in the poem.
Strange Meeting is a poem about reconciliation. This brings out the irony between the idealism of war as heroic by men exhorting youth to join the war and realism of the war as devastating that a soldier of the war face. The spirit tells the soldier that if you go into war you are simply wasting your life. He could have done that without reservation, but he was unwilling to be a part of this war. I parried; but my hands were loath and cold. For by my glee might many men have laughed, And of my weeping something had been left, Which must die now.
It solves no problems but only produces more. This statement is ironic as there is no real rest for those who are still fighting in the war but only for those who are already dead. Even the start of the poem references war; for Owen, the natural habitat, the natural instincts, of a soldier is war. The audience can almost hear the stuttering of the march which involves the audience on their trek. Foreheads of men have bled where no wounds were.
Yet also there encumbered sleepers groaned, Too fast in thought or death to be bestirred. Owen had experienced first hand the horrors and tragedies of the First World War, so he inevitably wanted to break open the false façade and let the world know the truth. Wilfred Owen participated in the war and this poem by him focuses on the horrors of war and the destruction that war brings. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise. He is best known for his works which stood contrary to the popular perception of war at the time and the patriotic verses of the writers like Rupert Brooke.
Introducing what is going to be discussed in the paper analysis of Arms and the Boy , its relation to one of Owen's poem. He describes how terrible the conditions were for the soldiers and just how bad it was. Courage was mine, and I had mystery; Wisdom was mine, and I had mastery: To miss the march of this retreating world Into vain citadels that are not walled. Due to his death, the family found that he had been nearly bankrupt and so could not retain the family home, and moved from Plas Wilmont to Birkenhead, and then to Shrewsbury, following Thomas, whom had been employed by a railway satin. In the poem, he creates an hierarchical division of events. Through all this comes the message that war is a futile exercise. Later on in the poem, the soldier meets the spirit of a dead soldier, and that is when he realises where he is.
By the end of the poem, nothing has been resolved; war still carries on, and the men are still dead. Wilfred Owen wrote about the distilled pity of war from his first-hand experience. In another letter home Barton confesses that he has become hardened by his experiences in the war. They even grew deaf to the noises, hoots of the shells and the bombs around them. In it, a soldier escapes from a battle, only to find that he has escaped into hell, and that the enemy that he has killed is welcoming him into hell.