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Module B: Close Study of Text (Wilfred Owen)

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MODULE B: Close Study of Text
WILFRED OWEN
OVERVIEW
Context
Subject matter
Themes, ideas, and concerns
Structure & techniques
Reader's response
The value of the text
SESSION ONE
SESSION TWO
Past HSC & Trial Questions
Essay structure
Integrating textual evidence with ideas.
This module requires a CLOSE STUDY of Wilfred Owen's work. You must have a holistic (general / overall / broad) understanding of his poetry, as well as detailed and specific knowledge of particular poems.
SESSION 1
CONTEXT
Lived from 1893–1918.
Born in England
Died fighting in France
From a devout Protestant upbringing
well-educated and developed a love of writing from a young age.
Literary Context
Biography
Historical Setting
World War One: 1914 - 18
Almost 20 mil. people (soldiers and civilians) died in WWI.
remembered for trench warfare and the use of gas.
technological innovations made it the first "modern war."
Influenced by the Romantic poets (inc. Keats & Shelley).
Greatest friend and poetic influence: Siegfried Sassoon.
Part of a small group of WWI poets who, for the first time, wrote realistic and violent poetry in response to their own experiences of warfare.
SUBJECT MATTER
"This book is not about heroes... Nor is it about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except War... My subject is War, and the pity of War." - Owen
The experiences of soldiers
physical and mental consequences of warfare.
camaraderie
pain and suffering
undignified deaths
Perceptions of warfare
popular perceptions of warfare and glory
challenging propaganda
Realities of warfare
realistic, gritty representation of the battlefield
traumatic consequences
anti-heroic portrayal
"THE PITY OF WAR"
THEMES, IDEAS, and CONCERNS
The futility of warfare
The tragic loss of young lives
The lasting impact of conflict
The damage of pro-war propaganda
The harsh reality of war
ACTIVITY: identify those of Owen's poems which deal with these ideas (in a table).
STRUCTURE
& TECHNIQUES
Module B = CLOSE STUDY OF TEXT!!!
Owen frequently utilises a set of effective language devices across all his poems:
emotive language
sensory imagery
sound devices (assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia, repetition).
figurative language
rhyme (full, half, and para-)
sonnet form
ACTIVITY: Select TWO language devices / techniques and examine how they have been used across all of Owen's poems.
ACTIVITY: Explain the connection between Owen's personal and historical context and the subject matter of his poetry.
VALUE OF OWEN'S POETRY (effect on responder)
This module asks you to consider:
What is Owen's purpose?
Who is the audience?
How does his poetry affect the responder?
Why are we still studying it in 2012?
What makes Owen's poetry of enduring significance?
WHAT TO BRING FOR SESSION 2...
Practice Questions sheet & Study Guide
Module B Trials response
2010 Exam Paper & Sample response
All notes on this module
Annotated copies of the poems
Any practice essays for this module
Enthusiasm and determination
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