To What Extent does Wilfred Owen's Poem '1914' Glorify War? Poem Review by Wood

To What Extent does Wilfred Owen's Poem '1914' Glorify War?
A discussion about the ambiguity of the meaning and aim of Wilfred Owen's poem, "1914".
# 153807 | 708 words | 0 sources | 2014 | IT
Published on Jan 30, 2014 in Literature (Poetry)

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This paper presents a thorough analysis into the intended meaning of Wilfred Owen's poem, "1914". The paper explains how Owen fluctuates between inner-conflict regarding the violence of war and the patriotic pride he feels as if war is a natural process. The paper concludes that the poem leaves the reader with the persistent feeling that Owen is hinting at a doubt within himself about the reasons for the war.

From the Paper:

"Owen continues on to describe the destructive powers of war in regards to the arts and society. The metaphor as society as a 'ship' in which war is 'rending the sails or progress', is gloriously noble and demonstrates the dire slowing effects that war has on society as a whole. The worthy 'ship' of society is something for which war could possibly be made justifiable; it is in this sense that war is glorified as honourable. Conflict creates a 'famine of thought and feeling' as creativity and individuality suffers. However, as 'Rent or furled//Are all Art's ensigns', poetry thrives on suffering - 'Verse wails'. In my interpretation the 'wails' of poetry are the creative explosion that the traumatic events of war produce. Conflict releases a creative response that is essential for originality and inspiration."

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