Dialogue and Colloquial Language in 'The Dead-Beat' and 'The Letter'
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This paper provides an analysis into the techniques and effect of Wilfred Owen's impeccable use of colloquial language and how he has been influenced by Siegfried Sassoon. The paper concludes that Owen does indeed employ colloquial language and dialogue effectively in these two poems.
From the Paper:"Furthermore, regular rhyme scheme combined with the disconcertingly cheerful content of the letter juxtaposes with the tragedy at the end. And in addition, perhaps comments upon the falsities that soldiers felt the need to, or where forced to tell families back home. The contrast between his affectionate words, 'I'll soon be 'ome. You mustn't fret', and the harsher colloquial language happening in real time, 'Then don't, yer ruddy cow!' emphasises the idea that the man is glorifying his comfort and safety for the sake of his family or perhaps as instructed by his superiors. The direct contradiction as he writes 'we're out of harm's way, not bad fed' and then appeals for a little bread from a friend 'Say, Jimmie, spare's a bite of bread' highlights how poor their conditions are despite being 'out in rest' in a hospital of some sort. Moreover, Owen uses the generic opening 'Dear Wife' and never names the soldier to universalise the man's struggle and tragedy. "
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