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Suffering is as much a part of life as much as pleasure and having fun is therefore it is only logical that poets should select this theme for their poems Suffering is omnipresent in our life from when we are young till when we are fully grown adults It is present many forms some of which are more obvious than others In this literary essay I will attempt to discuss this theme in relation to poems by Wilfred Owen and Charles Causley The most evident and recognizable suffering is the physical type of suffering which can be observed all around us Dulce et Decorum est by war poet Wilfred Owen displays suffering during wartime it also shows the futility of this suffering which is bitter and obscene as cancer The soldiers in the poem are in a state of perpetual suffering and we learn that they are all blind lame and blood-shod Yet this is only the beginning and the real terror and harsh reality follows later on when Owen gives us a vivid and repulsing image of a soldier dying This mans white eyes were writhing in his face and his face was like a devils sick of sin What is even worse is that the soldier who is suffering is really an innocent person who didnt really know what war is when he enrolled in the army Owen also tells us of the emotional suffering he goes through when in smothering dreams he remembers that he was helpless to the dying soldier The second poem I have selected deals with a different type of suffering that of a young boy with an extremely tough life due to financial and family problems Timothy Winters by Charles Causley tells us of a boy with a ruined family his father is an alcoholic who likes his beer and his mother ran off with a bombardier His grandmother is also a drunk and
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