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By: Gauhar Raina Winfield Chen
English Poet and Soldier One of the leading poets of WWI Influenced by Sassoon Focused on reality of war
6 Till gathering sleep had mothered them from him. Legless. sewn short at elbow. 16 Now he is old. 20 And leap of purple spurted from his thigh. or how warm their subtle hands. 15 For it was younger than his youth. 10 — In the old times. 14 There was an artist silly for his face. waiting for dark. 18 Poured it down shell-holes till the veins ran dry. 7 About this time Town used to swing so gay 8 When glow-lamps budded in the light-blue trees 9 And girls glanced lovelier as the air grew dim. last year. 17 He's lost his colour very far from here. 13 All of them touch him like some queer disease. his back will never brace. . 19 And half his lifetime lapsed in the hot race. And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey. Through the park Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn.Disabled 1 2 3 4 He sat in a wheeled chair. before he threw away his knees. 11 Now he will never feel again how slim 12 Girls' waists are. 5 Voices of play and pleasure after day.
41 And take whatever pity they may dole. 28 He asked to join. . He thought of jewelled hilts 32 For daggers in plaid socks. 33And care of arms. 42 To-night he noticed how the women's eyes 43 Passed from him to the strong men that were whole. He didn't have to beg. 22 After the matches carried shoulder-high. He wonders why . 36 Some cheered him home. he will spend a few sick years in Institutes. of smart salutes. to please the giddy jilts. and leave. that was it. 44 How cold and late it is! Why don't they come 45 And put him into bed? Why don't they come? -Wilfred Owen .21 One time he liked a blood-smear down his leg. 26 That's why. 25 Someone had said he'd look a god in kilts. but not as crowds cheer Goal. he was drafted out with drums and cheers. when he'd drunk a peg. 27 Aye. to please his Meg. too. and no fears 31 Of Fear came yet. 37 Only a solemn man who brought him fruits 38 Thanked him. 40 And do what things the rules consider wise. 30 Germans he scarcely thought of. 24 He thought he'd better join. 34 Esprit de corps. 29 Smiling they wrote his lie. 39 Now. 35 And soon. and then inquired about his soul. and pay arrears. 23 It was after football. and hints for young recruits. aged nineteen years. and maybe.
Introduction • Injured Soldier • Regrets going to war • Life before war compared to life after war • Feelings of bitterness .
irony. atmosphere as well as the contrast between life before and after joining the war. tone. . Wilfred Owen shows the lost of youth in the soldiers and the old lie spread by the commanders of the army during the war. imagery.Thesis • Through the use of literary devices.
Title of the Poem • Soldiers disabled physically by war “wheeled chair” (1) • Life of the soldiers ruined “Now he will never feel again…” (11) .
• Effect of war on soldier: The soldier described in this poem lost everything due to the war. . Wilfred Owen shows the reality of war.Theme • Truth of the old lie: In this poem. which is the opposite to what the propaganda by the government described.
– Life after the war Disabled Cannot return to life before war .Form and Structure • Poem is divided into two parts – Soldier reminiscing about life Remembers life before war The old lie Life after joining the war.
– Switch in line (21) Change between the sadness of the lost to the reason for joining the war. but not in order • In the final few stanzas. – Some signs of rhyme. the rhyme is more noticeable.Rhyme • In the first few stanzas. . the rhyme is all over the place.
Figurative Language • Similes: “Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn” (4) Song of praise. soldiers were not praised “…touch him like some queer disease” (13) Girls does not want to be with him War destroyed the soldier physically • Metaphors: “There was an artist silly for his face” (14) Another indication of the effect of war . but saddened.
• Personification: “… as the air grew dim” (9) “… glow-lamps budded” (8) • Joined the war for the girls – The use of personification shows the reason why the soldiers first signed up for the war. .
Imagery • Limb/Body Parts Imagery: “Legless. sewn short at elbow” (3) “Before he threw away his knees” (10) “His back will never brace” (16) Show that the soldier is disabled • Blood Imagery: “leap of purple leaped from his thigh” (20) “a blood-smear down his leg” (21) Refer to the brutality of war .
.Imagery Continued… • Girls Imagery: “ to please his meg” (26) “ to please the giddy jilts” (27) “notice how the women’s eyes” (42) Shows how the soldiers join the war for the honour while not receiving it after losing their lives.
(24) • What is ironic is that the war is in fact the reason why “he will never feel again how slim girls waists are”.Irony (General) • Owen uses irony to get across his message of reality of war to the readers in this poem • It is evident he opted to join the army in order to please his girlfriend meg. . feeling that the fact he was a soldier would be attractive to women.
Irony • “one time he liked a blood-smear down his leg” (21) shows how the injured soldier once felt proud to be injured ironic as he was seriously injured at war. feels shame • “Some cheered him home. and instead of feeling proud.” . but not as crowds cheer Goal.
Irony Cont… • “he noticed how the women’s eyes passed from him to the strong men that were whole” (42)(43) • “why don’t they come and put him to bed” (44)(45) Ironic because the soldier does not see himself as a full man. Ironic because the men are suppose to put the girls to sleep . The soldier needs the girls to put him to bed.
4.5) – Envy – Reminiscent . Sad – Sense of Loss • 6th and Last Stanza – Criticizes the war through rhetorical questions . Depressed • Middle Stanzas (2. Sad.Tone and Atmosphere • 1st Stanza – Negative.3.
Contrast • In the poem. Owen contrasts the life before the war and life after the war to show the effect of war on the soldiers and the lie told by the generals through propaganda. .
Contrast • Life Before War – Played Football (23) – Believed war to be glorious (26) – Went to war for the girls (26) – Pride • Life After War – Disabled (1) – Have to have women to help him to bed (44) – Girls do not notice him anymore (12)(42) .
Other Significant Lines • “He didn’t have to beg…” (28)(29) – Shows the officers eager to send soldiers to war • “Germans he scarcely…” (30)(31) – Only joined the army for the glory • “Only a solemn man who brought …”(37)(38) – No one cares about the soldiers dying • “After the matches. carried shoulder high” (22) – People care more about football .
Connection With Other Poems • Similarities: – “Dulce et Decorum Est” • The Old Lie • Lost of Youth • Propaganda spread by the government • Differences – “Base Details” • Does not emphasize on an specific event during the war • Memories of before the war .
imagery. Owen. was able to show the reality of war and criticize the propaganda spread by the government .Conclusion • In conclusion. through the use of contrast. in “Disabled”. irony and other literary devices.
Explanation of Music .
Explanation of Picture • Painted by Fay Jones • is an official combat artist who paints scenes of soldiers in Iraq. • Paints about disabled soldiers . • His work helps show the human side of our troops and their struggles .
“Tonight he noticed how the women's eyes Passed from him to the strong men that were whole” (Line 43-44) The boy has also lost his youth as is evident in lines 16-19: “Now. He is neglected by his society and is left to a life of following rules in a hospital while the world passes him by. wants pay and thinks it will impress girls. his back will never brace. And half his lifetime lapsed in the hot race” The poem ends with the boy showing how alone and abandoned he is because none of the hospital orderlies have come to wheel him to his room. legs and youth. He returns home to a town that has changed and to people that no longer want anything to do with him. He's lost his colour very far from here. This poem shows how the Western world paid little attention to the veterans after the war. Poured it down shell-holes till the veins ran dry. “How cold and late it is! Why don't they come And put him into bed? Why don't they come?” (Line 45-46) • • • . The boy in the story is regarded as having “A queer disease” (line 13) and the girls attention which he sought is placed upon men who are uninjured and not him. He then is sent to France and loses his arms. he is old.Analysis of Disabled • Disabled is about a young soldier who joins the military because he likes the look of the uniform.
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