Poetic Speech Analysis of Metaphorical and Literal Uses in War Poetry: A Study of Selected Poems by Wilfred Owen

1Waleed Shihan Muslih and Meethaq Khamees Khalaf

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Abstract:

The present study aims to demonstrate the way by which the use of words helps bringing to the front strong poetic effect. In addition, the study deconstructs the structures of the poems showing the significance of the word usage that generates striking impact. By metaphorical and literal uses, words function within a linguistic system creating a direct effect to the reader. So the reader finds himself part of an overlapping structure in Wilfred Edward Salter Owen's (1893 –1918) war poems. Furthermore, two of Owen's poems: "Strange Meeting"(1919) and "Insensibility"(1918) has been tackled in this study. Accordingly, the paper concludes that the complexity lies in the figurative use of words, that is, they are contrasting literally.

Keywords:

Metaphor, Poetic Speech, Post-Structural Theory, Reader, Usage.

Paper Details
Month3
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 5
Pages1835-1844