The story. Wilfred Owen used to be a poet

The poems
Disabled by Wilfred Owen and ‘Out, out’ by Robert Frost were created in the
early nineteen hundreds during the first world war, these two poems were written
with the strong idea of tragedy presenting them a lot during the story. Wilfred
Owen used to be a poet and also served as a soldier during world war one, Owen
was a very straight forward and real poet, he was mostly known for his harsh
views on the war which contrasted what people thought of it during that period
of time, he also differed compared to his colleagues as they had a very positive
view on this matter, by describing the conditions of the trenches and the
horrible living conditions. He hooks the readers by using many different
writing techniques. Frost was also a poet, although American who was very known
as well for his poems on life in the rural parts of his native country, this
poet also uses harsh language in his poems to show the tough reality of war and
the tragedy of it as he does in ‘Out, out’. So both of these poets are similar
in some ways and different in others in order to show the same thing, being the
tragedy caused by war.

Tragedy is
conveyed in the poem ‘Disabled’ through a war veteran recuperating from serious
wounds that left him in a wheel chair. Owen also had an encounter like this
where he was injured during the war making this poem much more personal as he
had lived through this. The main character in the poem struggles with regret
and is extremely scared of being forgotten, as he has to rely on others, making
him weak and vulnerable. This man had lost his limbs during war and was now in
a wheelchair ‘before he threw away his knees. This old character is extremely
nostalgic of the old days as he keeps referring to his past life and mentioning
how good it was. He compares it to how it is now and to him this isn’t living. The
poem shows a man that regrets the decision he made as an innocent child almost.

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He shows further regret and realises that it was never worth it when he has a
flash back to when he returned ‘some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer
Goal’ he realises that he made a mistake and again that all his been through
was worthless, and even though ‘he was drafted out with drums and cheers’ the
life he once knew is now only a distant memory. For example even the ‘women’s
eyes’ who would look at him now are long forgotten as the women prefer ‘the
strong men who were whole’. The poem’s title in itself is sad as ‘Disabled’ is
a negative terminology which, even though is very real for this case, is also
very miserable. This conveys even more tragedy. The use of language throughout
the poem like ‘queer disease’ give some sense of imagery as the reader can feel
how the strangers would look at him, disease is also a very strong word that suggests
how little people would think of him.