From the position of soldiers we experience what work forces suffered during World War I. Through the graphic imagination and the dramatic linguistic communication in the verse forms ‘Attack’ and ‘Exposure’ . Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen portion their positions on war. That all war is- is fear. wretchedness and decease.
Sasson descibes a battleground where work forces are on the onslaught. They follow behind a armored combat vehicle. contending their manner up a “scarred slope” . scrambling over biting wire. right into the custodies of decease. The usage of initial rhyme and rhythym ( eg. “Smouldering through spouts of floating fume that shroud” ) conveys the sense of urgency and exhilaration. Personification plays a major function in ‘Attack’ . eg. “glow’ring” and “barrage roars” gives the verse form a tone of anger/rage. The usage of onomatapoiea helps the readers experience what the battleground was like for the soldiers.
Lines such as “bristling fire” . makes the readers imagine the sound of machine guns firing and “Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire” . creates a powerful image of armored combat vehicles easy doing their manner upto the barbed wire. His flood tide is a perfect illustration of the sort of affectional sentences he uses. “O Jesus. do it halt! ” fills the readers with the desperation. choler. fright and weakness that the soldiers feel. Yet. Sassoon besides gives the verse form an unemotional tone ( eg. “They leave their trenches. traveling over top. ” ) to stress the fact that the fright. terror and decease happened mundane.
But none of these things were what war was conveyed to the people non involved with the combat as back so. Work force who went off to war idea that it was a manner to turn out their maleness and that to decease for your state was a glorious thing. None of these work forces knew of the fright that would strike their Black Marias. or of the desperate. panicked demand to return home- alive. None of these work forces knew that it was non merely slugs and bombs that killed. that the atrocious conditions were merely every bit much their enemy as the work forces who fired at them.
Owen describes a cold ‘uneventful’ dark on the battleground. The usage of personification ( eg. “Iced east air currents that knive” ) instantly conveys the sense of an icy air current that bites like a knife would nick the tegument. He uses rhetorical inquiries good. lines such as “What are we making here? ” and “Is it that we’re deceasing? ” pulls the readers into the tangled web of fright. sorrow and fatigue that surrounds the head of a soldier. Although onomatopoiea is non used much in ‘Exposure’ . the sentences that do incorporate onomatapoiea words are really effectual ( eg. “whisper. funny. nervous” ) gives the voices in the readers mind a whispery stillness. The usage of similes ( eg. “Line jerking agones of work forces among its brambles” ) and affectional words such as “cringe” and “poignant” helps the readers understand what the soldiers were sing. “But nil happens. ” was a really effectual dry sentence. because althought nil ‘officially’ happened. work forces still died and had to be carried off to be buried. This sentence was repeated to stress this fact.
These verse forms along with many others that were written about World War I. helped the people who weren’t involved with the contending understand what war was life for the soldiers and that all war caused was fright. wretchedness and decease.