Wilfred Owen
Shropshire / England
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Spring Offensive

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1 Halted against the shade of a last hill,
2 They fed, and, lying easy, were at ease
3 And, finding comfortable chests and knees
4 Carelessly slept. But many there stood still
5 To face the stark, blank sky beyond the ridge,
6 Knowing their feet had come to the end of the world.

7 Marvelling they stood, and watched the long grass swirled
8 By the May breeze, murmurous with wasp and midge,
9 For though the summer oozed into their veins
10 Like the injected drug for their bones' pains,
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Harry Keegan 04 August 2014
What is noticable about this poem is that owen employs the use of nature into this poem to intiate powerful emotion towards the aduience this very noticable in the first stanza where owen represents nature as calm and good this is particularly evident when owen gives an example of war in the field.....buttercups. This first stanza immediately intiates the calmness towards the nature how evrything is good but then suddenly owen changes this tone to more harsh this is particuarly evident when owen depicts the sky as opening up a fury, he uses poetic imagery to provide a wonderful example he is able to tell the audience about the sheer volume of people dying who ended up being knees high blood, in the last line Owen does compare it to dulce est decorum use of glory and honour
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