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Throughout “The Send-Off”, Wilfrid Owen conveys the theme and message that war is not as glorious and honorable as it seems to be, with any single detail, even the poem’s title. The title is a pun itself. It could mean that the soldiers are sent-off to war, but also mean that they are sent-off to death. “Grimly gay” at the end of the first stanza is an oxymoron. It shows that the soldiers know they will die and are scared, but they pretend to be brave and happy for not to upset and worry their family. The rhetorical question and its answer in stanza seven and eight is sarcastic. The repetition of “few” shows that many of the soldiers will die, and the few survivors “may creep
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Unformatted text preview: back”, instead of beating “great bells”, playing “drums and yells”. How ironic for celebrating when most of the comrades die? One big contradiction of the poem is between its structure and content. The rhyme scheme of the poem is in pattern of A,B,A, A,B, which may represent the soldiers’ ordered marching step; however, the content of the poem hints that soldiers are marching toward chaos, and death. From the poem, we can sense the poet’s fierce opposition to war, and also get the message that war is not as glorious and honorable as it’s portrayed to be....
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