Compare How the Poets Express Their Perspective of Conflict in "Mametz Wood" and One Other Poem

Topics: Poetry, Sun, Present tense Pages: 4 (1329 words) Published: October 25, 2012
Compare how the poets express their perspective of conflict in "Mametz Wood" and one other poem.

In "Mametz Wood", by Owen Sheers, and "Futility", by Wilfred Owen, their perspectives are expressed through different techniques such as imagery, juxtaposition, rhetorical questions, personification and changes of tense. I think Owen Sheers perspective of "Mametz Wood" was influenced by Sheers visiting a site of a World War 1 battlefield which made him feel disturbed, which I believe to be his perspective of conflict. Wilfred Owen's perspective on conflict in "Futility" seems to be how he thinks war and conflict are pointless, and worthless.

Heavy imagery is used in "Mametz Wood" to describe the bones that have been dug up after 100 years of being buried which I think reflects Owen Sheers disturbed and brutal perspective on conflict. Sheers describes the remnants of the soldiers as something broken "broken bird's egg of a skull" and "broken mosaic of bone" shows this. The use of "broken" signifies how Sheers views conflict as damaging, and how it breaks up the remains of brave soldiers. "Broken" could also signify how that before the soldiers have died, their spirits were broken down by the repetitiveness of war, and that because war and conflict is still happening the soldiers are still broken even after death. Personally, I think that the "broken bird's egg of a skull" can create a powerful, but disturbing image in the reader's mind which is one of Sheers’ perspectives of conflict. In "Futility" simple but powerful imagery is used to show Owen's futile perspective of conflict. The "sun" is a metaphor for God, or the giver of life, "gently his touch awoke him once". "Awoke" suggests that the sun used to wake the soldier up, but the use of "once" suggests that now the sun can no longer wake up the soldier. In my opinion, I believe that this shows Owen's helplessness perspective of conflict. I think that by using a metaphor on the "sun" it creates a sense of...
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