This annoyance Is not good In one’s report as a soldier would have wounded himself to avoid to go to battle meaning that a soldier was a coward. The quote from Yeats is already indicating something.
Poem is sectioned off the prologue is the setting then the action what actually happened and then a poetic approach , Owen in a way is making fun of those poets who showed their patrols and telling them that they are trying to hide the harsh reality behind those words and then the epilogue which Is the ending, Here Owen Is combining both the new powers of the colloquial style and also his old voice, experimenting with different styles.
Quote : Yeats in this poem is speaking about a man who in deciding to die is disregarding the norms of society , what society expects from its citizens , expects to obey , to follow the rules and not to cause chaos but to be orderly. Owen uses this quote to make fun of those who write about the soldiers who should not go against the orders. Those shooting themselves are doing an act of rebellion as they are going against fighting for their country and against their friends. In this quote the persona is saying that he can’t like the men who are asocial and against the orders of the king, sympathizing with the king.
Ties in the fact that many soldiers prefer death to life is seen as an act of betrayal and cowardliness , also pressure to go to war and pressure from society. I , persona, is another citizen meaning that he Is creating pressure , the army itself. Uses the quote to emphasize all this. Prologue : the structure of this Is similar to classical poetry , epic poetry (a poem about Important historical moments) and narrative poetry. Taking this typical structure and using it in order to connect with the war and for him t is also an epic moment as it is causing chaos in life. -2 : “patting goodbye” – usually a gentle kind gesture becomes very patronizing as they are sending them as heroes. “doubtless” – being sarcastic as they obviously did this telling him how brave he is that he Is going to war and they are back home safe. 3-4 : “Father” – attacking all the family , the way a middle class or upper class child would have referred to his dad middle class pretensions they sold to society that war Is heroic. It can also refer to the priest. His father told him to go and fight for war and not come back unless he is dead families are also complies.
If he comes back without a physical wound one brings shame to the family. Sense of these family members being proud of sending him to battle going through the soldier’s mind as he dies remembering this. 5-6: Making fun of the mother as she most probably cried when he left , fake crying and wanted him back when he had a wound. This mother stands for all the mothers, as they all pretend to cry. 7-8: None of the family members are spared now, the sisters want to be boys as they too want to go to battle a childish feel – this a soy game and they are going there to enjoy a game they enjoy to play.
Transferring the game they used to play in the fields into the battlefield. All family members are accomplices to sending this young man to his death. 9-10 : families had the Impression that they lived a good life and soldiers gave this Impression In their 11-12 : the soldier would write during battlefield. 13-14 : each time a bullet missed him it meant that he did not die the bullet that missed him is teasing him as he left him alive and not killing him this preference to die. “wincing” – pressing eyes together to see far ahead , can be also a pun because en winces when SST frightening happens. 5-16: “reckless with ague” – can’t aim precisely because he is sick. Caesura- breaks rhythm, changing the tone. All this happened to him everyday and because of this he lost his courage. Uses this simile as he refers to the sandbags in the battlefield as they are built on top of catheter and when shot they start leaking out and he is feeling like that as his courage is leaking out and fear is taking its place and he starts becoming empty. 17-18: He never got wounded, sick or leave nothing saved him , he never got any break from the battlefield. -20 : death never came to him and he was constantly tortured by the pounding of the bullets. Shell-shocked : anxiety attacks as they lost power. Space – boy reflecting. 21-22 : there is a way out from all this to wound himself. Mel” – he was brainwashed by the people and he couldn’t think about it as that meant bringing shame. A part of him is telling him to do it and a part of him is telling him not to internal dilemma. 23-24: hears his father voice and uses direct speech to hear his voice vividly. The boy indoctrinating into thinking that he will rather die than dishonor his family. Internalized this voice.