The poemsDisabled by Wilfred Owen and ‘Out, out’ by Robert Frost were created in theearly nineteen hundreds during the first world war, these two poems were writtenwith the strong idea of tragedy presenting them a lot during the story. WilfredOwen used to be a poet and also served as a soldier during world war one, Owenwas a very straight forward and real poet, he was mostly known for his harshviews on the war which contrasted what people thought of it during that periodof time, he also differed compared to his colleagues as they had a very positiveview on this matter, by describing the conditions of the trenches and thehorrible living conditions. He hooks the readers by using many differentwriting techniques.
Frost was also a poet, although American who was very knownas well for his poems on life in the rural parts of his native country, thispoet also uses harsh language in his poems to show the tough reality of war andthe tragedy of it as he does in ‘Out, out’. So both of these poets are similarin some ways and different in others in order to show the same thing, being thetragedy caused by war.Tragedy isconveyed in the poem ‘Disabled’ through a war veteran recuperating from seriouswounds that left him in a wheel chair.
Owen also had an encounter like thiswhere he was injured during the war making this poem much more personal as hehad lived through this. The main character in the poem struggles with regretand is extremely scared of being forgotten, as he has to rely on others, makinghim weak and vulnerable. This man had lost his limbs during war and was now ina wheelchair ‘before he threw away his knees. This old character is extremelynostalgic of the old days as he keeps referring to his past life and mentioninghow good it was. He compares it to how it is now and to him this isn’t living. Thepoem shows a man that regrets the decision he made as an innocent child almost.He shows further regret and realises that it was never worth it when he has aflash back to when he returned ‘some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheerGoal’ he realises that he made a mistake and again that all his been throughwas worthless, and even though ‘he was drafted out with drums and cheers’ thelife he once knew is now only a distant memory.
For example even the ‘women’seyes’ who would look at him now are long forgotten as the women prefer ‘thestrong men who were whole’. The poem’s title in itself is sad as ‘Disabled’ isa negative terminology which, even though is very real for this case, is alsovery miserable. This conveys even more tragedy. The use of language throughoutthe poem like ‘queer disease’ give some sense of imagery as the reader can feelhow the strangers would look at him, disease is also a very strong word that suggestshow little people would think of him.