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How 2 writers use language structure form to make sympathy for wartime

THE QUESTION IS:How do two writers you’ve studied use language, structure, and form to create sympathy for the wartime experiences of the person in their poems?Wilfred Owen and W.H Auden, both effectively express their opinions on the painful topic of war, having encountered the direct impact of it firsthand which is irrefutably obvious in their poems ‘Disabled’ and ‘Refugee Blues’ individually. Both of the poems effectively show how the poems use language, structure, and form to create sympathy for the wartime experiences of the person (soldiers) in their poems. The first poem that we studied is “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen. This poem talks about how the war repercussions the soldier’s life before and after the war using a scope of techniques such as alteration and figurative language to provoke sympathy for the (disabled) solider. In spite of the fact that the poem “refugee blue”,” by W.H Auden tells us about the misconduct of human rights and the adversity of all the refugees. It is filled with the emotions of poignant tension and the suffering in which shows how the Jewish refugees endured hurt at the kickoff of world war 2, and the relationship they had with Hitler. The poem “disabled” by Wilfred Owen uses alliteration, helps to display the swing with which the soldier’s life turns. In the first stanza, there is abundant alliteration. The first verse repeats the word /w/ with “in a (w)heeled chair, (w)waiting for dark”,” This shows the reader how the solider is waiting for “dark”, as in indicating that he is waiting for death. The second verse repeated the word /g/ with “ghastly suit of grey”,’ Owen uses the word “grey” and “ghastly” grey showing that he lost his colourfull youth and ghastly indicating the horror of that. And the fifth line repeats the word /p/ with “(p)lay and pleasure”,” which is a plosive alliteration. Then in the second stanza, the second verse and third verse repeat the word /g/ which is injected in the first line with “gay” The traditional meaning of gay is is happiness indicating that the town was very alive and happy. “And girls glanced lovelier as the air grew dim”,” which then again supports the word gay because it is described like fantastical images. In the third stanza, all of the lines, other than two contain alliteration. Verse 15 there is a repeat of the letter /y/ “younger than his youth, last year”,” in verse 16 there is a replay of the letter /b/ “his back will never brace”,” verse 19 repetition of the word /l/ “lifetime lapsed”,’ Moreover, there is a use of figurative language to perform sympathy to the reader, in particular, In verse 10 Owen writes “In the old times, before he threw away his knees”,” This veteran has lost his legs. The usage of the verb “threw” implies that the solider has had some effective part in this injury. Perhaps Owen who engaged himself envisions the disastrous effects such as a stupid settlement. While this is the case, our other poem, “Refugee blues” by W H Auden is structured by having 3 lines in each stanza, The first two lines of every stanza notifies about circumstances and the third (last) line is about him breaking the news kindly to his “dear” which quite possibly could be his wife. There is a rhyme scheme which is A-A-B, According to the background research the blues were considered sal/slave music and therefore the general structure shows the grim reality of the situation, where a wonderful world neglects to present and defend the refugees. In stanza 1 “Say this city has ten million souls” the phrase “ten million” shows the reader how huge this city is (hyperbole). Also, the word “souls” adds a spiritual feature to it “Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes” This verse shows the contrast between the various people and their living conditions. The word “holes” has an implication of death and being buried “yet there’s no place for u, my dear, yet there’s no place for us”,” The repetition used outlines the struggle faced by the couple. As well as this, it also proposes that no number of rummaging for a home will benefit them. In stanza 2 the verse “Once we had a country and we thought it fair” shows how they had their priorities and goals like belonging to a country deserted, Which is due to the Nazi attack. The use of the continuous “we” shows that once they had an identity and a place. Another verse “we cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now” This shows how incompetent they are even though they belong to a county they once called home and the country still lives, they still have nowhere to go to. The continuous repetition of the word “dear” reminds the reader that the refugees have their loved ones and their families to protect during this time period which makes the poem even more emotive. In stanza 3 the verse “in the village churchyard there grows an old yew/every spring it blossoms anew” shows the contrast between nature and the refugees as there is always a new hope for natural life – it renews – unlike the refugees. This is a metaphor that captures new life, luck, and improvement. “old passports can’t do that, my dear, old passports can’t do that” Once again the repetition is used to show how incapable the two pairs are. The repetition also creates a lyrical flow to the poem that sounds like someone trying to comfort a loved one who is grieving. In stanza 4 “if you’ve got no passport, you’re officially dead” Shows that even the people with authority refuse to help and that the state doesn’t really care. however the verse “but we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive” Shows the confusion between the pair as they’re not actually dead. In stanza 5 “went to a committee; they offered me a chair;!asked me politely to return next year” shows that despite their current situation, the committee fails to care. Stanza 6 emphasizes how most of the people are unwilling to help the couple and feel threatened by them, In stanza 7 “thought I heard the thunder rumbling in the sky” The use of word ‘thunder’ creates a threatening atmosphere. “It was Hitler over Europe, saying: They must die” showing how the couple is in great danger. In stanza 8 “saw a poodle in a jacket fastened with a pin” shows the contrast between the couple and animals, as the poodle is cared for, unlike the couple. “But they weren’t german jews, my dear but they weren’t German Jews” shows that German Jews are the only people that are under danger. In stanza 9 “only ten feet away, my dear, only ten feet away” shows how frustrating it is as the sense of freedom is so close yet so far. stanza 10 talks about how the couple blames the politicians for their current situation “they had no politicals and sang at their ease” Stanza 11 talks about how they dreamed of a building with a thousand floors but that hope is crushed ” not one of them was ours, my dear, not one of them was ours” in stanza 12 gives the image of coldness and death by “falling snow” and how “ten thousand soldiers marching to and fro” after them and how they are outnumbered. “looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me” Makes a beautiful yet nasty ending, soldiers are not looking for them particularly they’re looking for the German Jews. Here the speaker wants to highlight the tragedy and the fear of the personal experience as well as collective experiences

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