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Disabled by Wilfred Owen

It is my intent to analyze Disabled by Wilfred Owen, the majority of which focused on a soldier’s present condition rather than the past; the part that did focus on the past were more pessimistic that this portion. The poem seemed realistic and personal as it portrayed an image of one man’s own experience during World War I. Owen wrote about the war because he was a poet and a soldier. I believe that Owen saw the disorder that war created, and I noticed that he used irregularities of rhyme in the seven stanzas to reflect that disorder. Also, the poem of half rhyme gave his poetry a dissonant, disturbing quality that amplified his theme. His usage of language gave the poem an urgency and directness, and all the senses were utilized. The poem expressed the horrors of war and the mental and physical torment the young soldiers sacrificed because of it. In stanza one, the poem presented a clear picture of a young soldier at a park or thinking about being at a park in a wheelchair; he had no legs. Owen allowed the reader to become aware of the man physical surrounding by stating in line one and in line three that “He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, /Through the park.” The reader was able to visualize a man at the park and he was waiting for the day to end. It could also refer to someone pushed the man in his wheelchair to the park and left him there. The reader was able to picture a man that can not walk and he had to use a wheel chair in order to get around. Also, in line one the phrase “waiting for dark” as if he was expecting something to happen to him or can be implied that ‘dark’ was symbolic for impending doom or death. Stanza one related to a combination of sadness and pleasure mixed together. He was not active but instead immobile and possible waiting to forget his troubles. The soldier was thinking about when he was a young boy and he was able to enjoy life with his family and friends. The boys playing...

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