Many traditional war poems were written before the war to persuade and encourage young boys to become loyal soldiers. The attitudes of poets towards war have always been expressed vigorously in their poetry, each poet either condoning or condemning war, and mitigating their attitudes in whatever way possible.
He's too slow to don his gas mask and helmet, which would have saved his life by filtering out the toxins. In stanza two the pentameter is disrupted by longer 11 syllable lines l.
The main themes of this poem are listed below: War One of the main themes of this poem is war. Owen wrote this poem as an antiwar message describing the horrors that he went through.
Yet this is precisely what the poet intended.
The First World War was an event that brought to many people, pain, sorrow and bitterness. These are the trenches of WWI, full of mud and death.