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Strange Meeting Olympians

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  • 1. Strange Meeting By Wilfred OwenHannah, Drew, and Danny
  • 2. Overview• Soldier in World War II• Runs into spirit of dead soldier• Characterized by iambic pentameter throughout most of poem• Imperfect rhyme scheme emphasizes ugliness of war• Liberal use of enjambment shows endless hopelessness• Reference to each other as “friend,” even though once enemies• Increased use of end-stopped lines at end signals conclusion• Constant tone of peaceful hopelessness• Use of oxymorons and paradoxes to show senselessness of war
  • 3. Salvation,Archetypal image of death: Biblicaltunnel with light at the end reference It seemed that out of the battle I escaped Down some profound dull tunnel, long since scooped Reflection Through granites which titanic wars had groined. ESL on numerous Yet also there encumbered sleepers groaned, deaths Too fast in thought or death to be bestirred. ESL Then, as I probed them, one sprang up, and stared Are both of them With piteous recognition in fixed eyes, dead, or just one? Lifting distressful hands as if to bless. ESL And by his smile, I knew that sullen hall; Parallel structure By his dead smile I knew we stood in Hell. ESL Description of soldier like that of a mummy
  • 4. Hyperbole shows devastation of war ESLSeemspeaceful With a thousand pains that vision’s face was grained; Repetition ofcompared to “moan”outside war Yet no blood reached there from the upper ground, emphasizes And no guns thumped, or down the flues made moan. dreary toneIronic to say “Strange friend,” I said, “here is no cause to mourn.” ESLthat Hell is Begins very “None,” said the other, “save the undone years,more peaceful long speechthan war The hopelessness. Whatever hope is yours, Death equalizesIncludes Was my life also; I went hunting wild everyoneperspective Repetition of After the wildest beauty in the world, “wild,” alliterationof formerenemy Which lies not calm in eyes, or braided hair, But mocks the steady running of the hour, Even time behavesPlace devoid strangely hereof emotion And if it grieves, grieves richlier than here. Carpe Diem, focus on the important ESL things in life
  • 5. Lyrical rhythm Euphonysuggests laughter Alliteration of “m” For by my glee might many men have laughed, And of my weeping something had been left, Repetition of Which must die now. I mean the truth untold, “pity” The pity of war, the pity war distilled. ESL Now men will go content with what we spoiled, View that war isCacophony Or, discontent, boil bloody, and be spilled. ESL opposite of progress They will be swift with swiftness of the tigress, None will break ranks, though nations trek from progress. ESL Courage was mine, and I had mystery, Parallel structure The war stole both Wisdom was mine, and I had mastery;Paradox, shows To miss the march of this retreating world Personificationsenselessnessof war Into vain citadels that are not walled. ESL
  • 6. Biblical allusion to cleansingpower of water Allusion to Greek mythology Then when much blood had clogged their chariot wheels I would go up and wash them from sweet wells, Even with truths that lie too deep for taint. ESL Contrast between I would have poured my spirit without stint sacrifice for country and But not through wounds; not on the cess of war. ESL horrors of war Foreheads of men have bled where no wounds were. ESL “Dulce et I am the enemy you killed, my friend. ESL Insanity caused decorum est…” I knew you in this dark; for so you frowned by war Yesterday through me as you jabbed and killed. ESL Euphemism I parried; but my hands were loath and cold. ESL for death Let us sleep now….” Ends without War had stolen conclusive punctuation all that made him human