Study notes on the Anti-War, Post-1900 poem by Wilfred Owen; "Disabled"

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Disabled is a poem that depicts the sadness of a disabled war veteran. Owen shows how sad it is that a man cannot take part in normal life, because he has lost his legs and arms. A feature of this poem is Wilfred Owen's use of alliteration.

"Ghastly suit of grey."

"Voices of play and pleasure."

This alliteration gives the poem its rhythm. In the 2nd half of the poem, we learn that the man joined the war for all the wrong reasons. He was probably encouraged to join by the propaganda at the time.

"Someone had said, he'd look like a god in kilts, that's why and maybe too; to please Meg."

He no longer will enjoy the company of women

"Tonight he noticed how the women's eyes passed from him to the strong men that were whole."

He now will spend the rest of his life being looked after in an institution.

His independence is gone.