Exposure quotes

Ellie Stewart
Note by Ellie Stewart, updated more than 1 year ago
Ellie Stewart
Created by Ellie Stewart almost 4 years ago


Year 10 English Note on Exposure quotes, created by Ellie Stewart on 06/19/2017.

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"merciless iced east winds" personifies nature and depicts as enemy-like inferiority to nature "but nothing happens" waiting around/boredom at war creates paranoia, tension government's ignorance to conditions (decided by few, affects many) war isn't all action... Owen's intention for the poem was to highlight the harsh truth of war relentless, no progression despite deaths "less deadly than the air that shudders black with snow" personifying nature and depicts as enemy-like worse than the human enemy futility of war... "deadly" = death is inevitable and pointless to fight "wind's nonchalance" nature is destructive and does not care who it hurts much like the government who don't seem to care who is hurt as long as they win "we cringe in holes" soldier's inferiority to all-powerful nature animalistic = fearful, small, powerless "ghosts drag home... sunk fires glozed with crusted dark-red jewels" hallucinations and delusions following hypothermia "ghosts" = half dead "drag" - slow moving sensual description jewels give no comfort/warmth like fire - they're precious but cold "shutters and doors, all closed: on us the doors are closed" shut out in the cold the terrible conditions are not shown to the public = insignificance and reason for Owen's writing... EXPOSE these conditions "frost will fasten on the mud and us" hopelessness (death is now inevitable) will definitely destroy them  

Page 2

regular line & verse length - monotony of war life and marching army assonance (ooh)  - "slowly our ghosts drag home" slows pace to be painful and slow

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