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Wilfred Owen portrays the horror of war by using dramatic contrasts powerful imagery devastating irony and by generating a strong feeling of sympathy for the subject of the poem The contrasts between health and illness feature heavily in the poem and give a before and after picture of the subjects life Before the war the boy in the poem had played football After the matches It was after football and now he does not even have the equipment to play ie legs Legless sewn short at the elbow There is also a contrast used in describing age younger than his youth and he is old This is an example of juxtaposition as these lines are one immediately after the other As well as this Owen shows how attitudes towards the subject have changed girls glanced lover and womens eyes passed from him This shows that the women who had once admired him now only looked at him with pity and touch him like some queer disease Blood is used in a graphic contrast in the third stanza Hes lost his colour far from here A leap of purple spurted from his thigh These lines give you a real image of how horrific military injures could be and the irony that the subject of the poem had once liked a blood smear down his leg becomes extremely depressing There are examples of contrasts between the moods of people pre and post war It is shown that before the war people were happier Voices of play and pleasure but now there is a more solemn atmosphere Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn This line also has connotations of a funeral The poem shows that before the war the subject would have been out with his friends just now
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