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Wilfred Owen: Greatest War Poet in the English Language (1893-1918)

Style Analysis

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THE UNIQUE STYLE OF A WAR POET

One of the many talents Wilfred Owen was known for in his style of poetry was his ability to convey his complex messages about war so that a person without any prior knowledge of war could understand.
 
Owen's use of details of war in his poetry shows scenes that are horrific and memorable. His poems were often over dramatized with the horror of battle yet it was highly thought-provoking.
 
His use of speech and present tense gives his poems direction as well as a sense of urgency. Moreover, it is these techniques that help to underline the message of his poems.
 
Owen's style of writing is best known for his use of half-rhyme which gives his poetry a dissonant and provoking quality that shadows the recurrent themes of his poetry.
 
Furthermore, his ability to give a poem a quiet tone comes from his use of assonance and different sounds prevalent to war. For example, in his poems it was as the speaker was whispering his message to the audience. Therefore because of this ability he does not use physically horrific imagery but mentally tormenting ideas to support his writing.

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Natasha Wedderburn
Coral Gables Senior High School
Ms. Munnerlyn
IB/AP English IV