Wilfred Owen The Next War Essay

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Owen, as a witness to the events and consequences of the great war exposes the horrors and the effects through his realistic accounting of the war. In the poem ‘the next war’, Owen expresses the effects of desensitisation and how it affects him and his comrades “Oh, death was never enemy of ours!” the use of personification of death and a tonal shift from dark humour to a jocular tone allows Owen to voice the confronting concept of death and the soldiers recognise death as a sad and cynical companion.
The next war is written in Owen’s perspective of how to soldiers cope with the front lines. Owen has captured one of the most sorrowful events of our lives, death, and turned it into a tolerable situation, where death is not the enemy; rather