The speaker bitterly and ironically refutes the message espoused by many that war is glorious and it is an honor to die for one's country.
The poem is a combination of two sonnets, although the spacing between the two is irregular. The broken sonnet form and the irregularity reinforce the feeling of otherworldliness; in the first sonnet, Owen narrates the action in the present, while in the second he looks upon the scene, almost dazed, contemplative.
You should begin by thinking about the question and highlighting the key words so that you know exactly what you should be focussing on in this essay.
Essays almost always break down into 4 key stages: 1 Introduction 2 Brief summary 3 Main body 4 Conclusion 1 Introduction Keep it short – no more than 100 words First sentence: mention Owen’s name, the poem’s name and the key words from the question Second sentence: you should make it clear that your essay will consider how a variety of poetic techniques work together to make clear the theme and the poet’s attitude and give a list of the poetic techniques you will discuss such as imagery – simile, description, word choice; – e.g.
It was also inscribed on the wall of the chapel of the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in 1913.
In the first stanza Owen is speaking in first person, putting himself with his fellow soldiers as they labor through the sludge of the battlefield. They have lost the semblance of humanity and are reduced to ciphers.
Summary The boys are bent over like old beggars carrying sacks, and they curse and cough through the mud until the "haunting flares" tell them it is time to head toward their rest.
As they march some men are asleep, others limp with bloody feet as they'd lost their boots.
However, the final draft eliminated a specific reference to her, as Owen wanted his words to apply to a larger audience.
The title of the poem, which also appears in the last two lines, is Latin for, "It is sweet and right to die for one's country" - or, more informally, "it is an honor to die for one's country".