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Brains aching dying eyes becoming ice all this sounds like a nightmare In Wilfred Owens Exposure the speaker talks about the nightmares of not war but the cruelty of nature In Exposure Owen describes the fury of nature and how soldiers in the war die not only because of war Exposure to the severe cold is killing everyone The speaker starts off by saying Our brains ache The negative nature of this statement gives one a clue as to the negative themes in the rest of the poem One of the present themes in the poem is silence However the presence of silence is ironic because it is wartime and that is a time of noise and chaos This silence is unnerving for the war soldiers also as stated Worried by silence sentries whisper curious nervous but nothing happens Another theme in the poem is death The theme of death is not surprising at first since it is wartime and people die during war but these people are dying because of the cold The war in the poem is practically nonexistent The speaker constantly talks about dying like the time he asks Is it that we are dying Or when he says For love of God seems dying Clearly these people have no hope whatsoever A very important theme God is also present in this poem Since we believe not otherwise can kind fires burn Nor ever suns smile true on child or field or fruit For Gods invincible spring our love is made afraid Therefore not loath we lie out here therefore were born For love of God seems dying Stanza 7 The speakers words show that he is a believer of God and everything thats happening is Gods doing The ambiguity of the line For love of God seems dying is confusing because it has not been clearly specified if Gods love for man is dying or mans love of God Either
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