Aveneu Park, Starling, Australia

The now and to him this isn’t

The poems Disabled by Wilfred
Owen and ‘Out, out’ by Robert Frost were created in the early nineteen hundreds
during the first world war, these two poems were written with the strong idea
of tragedy presenting them a lot during the story. Wilfred Owen used to be a
poet and also served as a soldier during world war one, Owen was a very
straight forward and real poet, he was mostly known for his harsh views on the
war which contrasted what people thought of it during that period of time, he
also differed compared to his colleagues as they had a very positive view on
this matter, by describing the conditions of the trenches and the horrible
living conditions. He hooks the readers by using many different writing
techniques. Frost was also a poet, although American who was very known as well
for his poems on life in the rural parts of his native country, this poet also
uses harsh language in his poems to show the tough reality of war and the
tragedy of it as he does in ‘Out, out’. So both of these poets are similar in
some ways and different in others in order to show the same thing, being the
tragedy caused by war.

Tragedy is conveyed in the poem
‘Disabled’ through a war veteran recuperating from serious wounds that left him
in a wheel chair. Owen also had an encounter like this where he was injured
during the war making this poem much more personal as he had lived through this.

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The main character in the poem struggles with regret and is extremely scared of
being forgotten, as he has to rely on others, making him weak and vulnerable.

This man had lost his limbs during war and was now in a wheelchair ‘before he
threw away his knees. This old character is extremely nostalgic of the old days
as he keeps referring to his past life and mentioning how good it was. He
compares it to how it is now and to him this isn’t living. The poem shows a man
that regrets the decision he made as an innocent child almost. He shows further
regret and realises that it was never worth it when he has a flash back to when
he returned ‘some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer Goal’ he realises
that he made a mistake and again that all his been through was worthless, and
even though ‘he was drafted out with drums and cheers’ the life he once knew is
now only a distant memory. For example even the ‘women’s eyes’ who would look
at him now are long forgotten as the women prefer ‘the strong men who were
whole’. The poem’s title in itself is sad as ‘Disabled’ is a negative
terminology which, even though is very real for this case, is also very
miserable. This conveys even more tragedy. The use of language throughout the
poem like ‘queer disease’ give some sense of imagery as the reader can feel how
the strangers would look at him, disease is also a very strong word that
suggests how little people would think of him.

In the poem ‘Out, out’ by Frost the
poem is also based on true event. One of Frost’s friend’s sons died of blood
loss after losing his hand with a saw. Frost really highlights on how
inoffensive the kid was this is also seen in the poem ‘Disabled’, through this
guiltless boy Frost suggests tragedy and loss. He really focuses on the
innocence and how the boy was inattentive, which was his fatal error, to expose
how wars can destroy lives of many other young people. The title ‘Out, out’ is
a reference to the world renowned Shakespeare’s tragedy called Macbeth ‘out,
out brief candle’. This can be interpreted to how random and unstable living
sometimes is. Frost decides to almost compare the saw to a soldier, he uses the
personification ‘The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard’ and when the kid
gets his hand in the saw he is, one of many, young soldiers killed during the
war. When Frost writes ‘seamed to leap’ referring to the saw he gives the saw
basically its own life.

Overall the poems ‘Disabled’ by
Owen and ‘Out, out’ by Frost link through the idea of tragedy but not only,
they also link through the theme of war and innocent young soldiers losing
their life in the battlefield. They do this through many devices and features.

In the poem ‘Disabled’ Owen uses many comparisons to compare the old war
veteran’s life with the one he has now in order to express how much he has lost
and how tragic it is. In the poem ‘Out, out’ Frost uses mainly personification
and imagery to help project the tragedy of war and the effect it has on young,
innocent people. Nevertheless both these poems talk about tragedy and loss in
the war, but also of the soldiers in it. These two poems also talk about
physical loss and by doing so in showing the tragic moment that changed both
the main character’s lives forever. By doing so they produce compassion for
both the innocent characters making the reader keep interested and hooked. I
have the impression that ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen is more effective conveying
tragedy because of the living nightmare the main character is now living and
because of the use of tough language, ‘Out, out’ conveys a little less tragedy
but it conveys innocence and the fact of the young kid dying more which is a
tragic event but isn’t quite as emphasised.


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