The three deaths are typical deaths too, which would have been the three major reasons for the deaths of thousands in the field. Silhouetted against the backdropI've always hated this phrase just because it's a staple. Essay on Wilfred Owen's War Poetry - Wilfred Owen's War Poetry If Wilfred Owen's war poetry had one main aim, it would be to expose "the old lie": that war is always a good and justified thing and that it is a good thing to die for one's country.
They are patriotic, jingoistic and unrealistic. He found it greatly irritating when someone in England saw him as they simply cheered as soldiers passed by.
Through the poetry of Sassoon and Owen we can also see the problems of communication between the high ranking inexperienced generals and the low ranking foot soldiers who fought the war. Owen uses effective imagery, the imagery is possibly too vivid, to allow us to create a mental vision of an experienced gas attack.
It was the first major war near bye Europe for hundreds of years. Chiasmus included! Owen uses an onomatopoeic word to allow us to believe that the bullets flew gracefully through the air similarly to a bird soaring through the breeze.
From Anglo-Saxon times to the Boer War, war poetry in English was written largely by civilians and did not have a clearly defined identity; with the extraordinary outpouring between andit established itself as a genre and the soldier-poet became a species. Here the sun takes on a wise and protective persona, with Owen suggesting that nature itself remains pure and untainted in the face of war.
The public expected patriotic behaviour though Sassoon used Suicide In The Trenches as one of his many tools to persuade otherwise. After training, he became an officer and was sent to France at the end ofseeing service first in the Somme sector