Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Feelings of war in his poems Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ and Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ Essay
How does Owen use the seasons and nature to illustrate his feelings about war? Compare his treatment of the natural world in Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ and Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢. Owen signed up to fight in the war in 1915. He thought that war was romantic and heroic but when he was in the front line he realised that it was the exact opposite of what he thought it would be. He uses nature and the natural world to represent this evil place but also in his poetry the natural world is the soldierÃ¢â¬â¢s one source of comfort. So in this essay I am going to discuss how Owen portrays the natural world in his poems Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ and Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢. To begin with the tone in Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ changes as the poem progresses. This mimics the mood of the soldiers. Even though the tone changes throughout the poem it is noticeable that the theme of the soldiers not wanting to go into war. Even in the Ã¢â¬ËquietÃ¢â¬â¢ moments in the poem the threat of suffering is present. However, the tone in Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ is different to the tone in Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ because the tone in Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ is mainly one of frustration, despair and desolation. This is felt by the soldiers as they wait to go into battle but it appears that that time will never come. Nature adds to the tone in Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ because as they are waiting to go into battle it is the weather that is doing them damage. Also the rhythm and rhyme in Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ is a very important part of the poem. It is important because it gives the reader a bigger insight into the poem. When he pairs Ã¢â¬Å"last hillÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"stood stillÃ¢â¬ together the repeated Ã¢â¬ËllÃ¢â¬â¢ sounds gives the reader the feeling that the journey the soldiers are taking is a long one. When he uses Ã¢â¬Å"grassÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"glassÃ¢â¬ it gives the reader a better idea of the distress the soldiers are feeling through the harsh Ã¢â¬ËssÃ¢â¬â¢ sounds. He also uses Ã¢â¬Å"togetherÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"heatherÃ¢â¬ to create pace to show the soldiersÃ¢â¬â¢ movement. But, the rhythm and rhyme in Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ isnÃ¢â¬â¢t as important as the rhythm and rhyme in Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ because it doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t explain much more to the poem. All it does is use half rhyme because perfect rhyme has no place in this poem as it would create a sense of fluid movement which the sol diers never feel. Further more, the imagery in Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ changes in every stanza to create a different feeling each time. The poem starts of by making the soldiers sound like they are beasts; Ã¢â¬Å"they fed, and eased of pack-loads, were at easeÃ¢â¬ . Also it tells us that the soldiers are accepting that they are going to die. I know this from the line Ã¢â¬Å"knowing their feet had come to the end of the worldÃ¢â¬ . It also goes on to make nature sound like its comforting the soldiers as Ã¢â¬Å"marvelling they stood, and watched the long grass swirledÃ¢â¬ . It also makes summer sound like it is helping the soldiers forget about the pain they are suffering; Ã¢â¬Å"and though the summer oozed into their veins, like an injected drug for their bodies painsÃ¢â¬ . Then the feeling of war being heroic returns with nature offering golden gifts to the soldiers; Ã¢â¬Å"blessed with gold their slow bootsÃ¢â¬ but it is still letting us know that the soldiers are reluctant to go into war; Ã¢â¬Å"slow bootsÃ¢â¬ . The use of the simile Ã¢â¬Å"like sorrowing armsÃ¢â¬ unites nature with the natural suffering of the families left behind. Near the end of the poem there is the image of pounding sea. This gives the image of the soldiers crashing into a Ã¢â¬Å"surf of bulletsÃ¢â¬ , tossed upon the Ã¢â¬Å"upsurgeÃ¢â¬ of hell. NatureÃ¢â¬â¢s power and force is linked with the hellish power of war. The final stanza shows nature returning to a peaceful state, but the memories of battle are still present. However, the imagery in Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ remains the same the whole way through the poem. It is just mainly showing nature as the soldiersÃ¢â¬â¢ main enemy. The wind is personified and is said to Ã¢â¬Å"knifeÃ¢â¬ the men. Silence is also personified as an invisible but real threat. Image of menÃ¢â¬â¢s suffering linked again with nature, Ã¢â¬Å"mad gustsÃ¢â¬ ¦like twitching agonies of men among its bramblesÃ¢â¬ which is letting us know nature can cause pain. This is the opposite of Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ where nature has healing qualities. In this poem the power of god seems to be dying. War is more powerfully destructive than godÃ¢â¬â¢s ability to create. Death is the main image in Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ but it is death through nature rather than through weapons; Ã¢â¬Å"frost will fastenÃ¢â¬ ¦shrivelling many handsÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ the signs of death are shared by the corpses and by the living. The men are described as Ã¢â¬Å"ghostsÃ¢â¬ because the suffering of war has caused the men to die inside; this means they arenÃ¢â¬â¢t vulnerable to emotions anymore. The dreams the soldiers have are concentrated on nature in its restored form, Ã¢â¬Å"grassier ditchesÃ¢â¬ ¦littered with blossomsÃ¢â¬ this idealised view of nature only exists in a wishful form. Also the language in Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢ tries to affect the readerÃ¢â¬â¢s emotions. The poem starts of with harsh constant Ã¢â¬ËKÃ¢â¬â¢ sounds which are aurally discomforting; Ã¢â¬Å"to face the stark, blank sky beyond the ridgeÃ¢â¬ . This mimics the soldiersÃ¢â¬â¢ distressing existence. It also goes on to use of the connective Ã¢â¬Å"soÃ¢â¬ , this suggests harmlessness and ordinariness but it introduces the deathly action of their charge. The language in Ã¢â¬ËExposureÃ¢â¬â¢ is used in the same way as the language in Ã¢â¬ËSpring OffensiveÃ¢â¬â¢. There are harsh consonant sounds and sibilance emphasises the bitter and bleak conditions of the men. So to conclude Owen uses nature and seasons to show that he thinks that war is an awful place and that you feel the negative effects of war even if you arenÃ¢â¬â¢t involved in a battle at that time.
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