Book thief: “The Book Thief” is a 2005, world renowned, novel by Australian author Markus Zusak. Set between 1939 and 1943 in Nazi Germany, the story follows young girl “Liesel Meminger” who after seeing her brother die in front of her, and being given up by her communist mother, is adopted by the ever loving […]

Strange meeting “Strange Meeting”, is a gripping World War One poem written by world renowned war poet Wilfred Owens. Although entirely fictional, this poem is inspired by Owen’s own traumatic time on the battlefield, and was post-humanly published in 1920 after his death in November 1918. The poem tells the story of a Soldier dying […]

Simile: “Like twitching agonies of men among its brambles” This image has been used on purpose, to compare the wind tugging on the wire to the men caught on the wire, he uses this image because he sees and hears this awful sight every day. He uses this simile to give insight into what he […]

The main theme of Wilfred Owens poem “Exposure” is the solders response to the extreme cold weather they experience, references include: “Merciless iced east winds that knive us”, “mad gusts tugging on the wire”, “rain soaks and clouds sag stormy”, “the air that shudders black with snow”, “sidelong flowing flakes that flock”, “pale flakes with […]

The word “demented” – which means “raving mad”, has been included in the poem due to the raw image it presents to the reader. When one thinks of something demented they think picture someone truly who’s truly lost it/gone off the deep end. Their not just mad, their demented. It has been included to show […]

The way the Author speaks throughout the poem, the way in which he describes both the battle as well as the mourning means that he has been in combat before. The poem is written in a way that leads the reader to believe that it is being written by someone deep in thought, looking back […]

What images are presented in the text? The line “coughing like hags” tells me of men coughing their lungs out on the front line. This can be because of the rapid sickness present in the trenches or the use of chemical warfare (gas) during ww1. A hag is an older and usually ugly Woman, often […]

Who was Wilfred Owen? Wilfred Owen (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English soldier and poet who wrote the most famous ww1 war poem of all time “Dulce et decorum”. During ww1 Owens suffered from shell shock, after a series of near death experiences. He died a week before Armistice, as such […]

“Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” I think this has been dealt with on this site before. The Conch shell is a symbol of democracy, decency […]

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And […]