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The Send-off Analysis



Author: Poetry of Wilfred Owen Type: Poetry Views: 1840

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Down the close, darkening lanes they sang their way

To the siding-shed,

And lined the train with faces grimly gay.



Their breasts were stuck all white with wreath and spray

As men's are, dead.



Dull porters watched them, and a casual tramp

Stood staring hard,

Sorry to miss them from the upland camp.

Then, unmoved, signals nodded, and a lamp

Winked to the guard.



So secretly, like wrongs hushed-up, they went.

They were not ours:

We never heard to which front these were sent.



Nor there if they yet mock what women meant

Who gave them flowers.



Shall they return to beatings of great bells

In wild trainloads?

A few, a few, too few for drums and yells,

May creep back, silent, to still village wells

Up half-known roads.





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This is one of Owen's best anti war poem which describes the suffering of war.
According to those soldiers who had never experienced war, war was all about glamour and glory.
The real shock, the bloodshed would hit them when they actually fought and experience of war would scar them for life.
They mock the women who put garlands on them for they can't understand they need their blessings.

| Posted on 2016-11-02 | by a guest


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all hail the prophet muhammad we will die for your sins, down for the west

| Posted on 2014-11-20 | by a guest


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Islam isn't a religeon of war and never had it asked for war , unless its for defense against attacks . But saying that your life is war , this isnt what islam is about , and yes in the quran if you kill a human being its as if you killed the whole of human kind, therefore permitting war just in the name of religeon isn't right. I am a muslim myself and i wanted clarify what has been said as it could lead to later misunderstanding.

| Posted on 2014-02-24 | by a guest


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I am Wilfred Owen and I'm here today to tell you the true meaning of this poem and life in general. The whole poem is a metaphor for the happiness caesuras brings to me and my change in faith and sexuality and the birth of my child, Jesus Christ. And Siegfried, if you're reading this, you owe me £200 from that game of strip poker we played in Craiglockhart.

| Posted on 2014-02-10 | by a guest


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This isn't a mock your idiot. Owen isn't mocking war but rather telling us the contrast between the excitement of the send-off and the realities of death.
Wildfred Owen was a soldier in ww1 and his poems are mostly about how bad war is and the all the pain and hardship soldiers has to suffer in a daily basis.
God, please understand the poets true intensions before jumping to pathetic conclusions!!

| Posted on 2013-12-01 | by a guest


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someone explain 'a few a few too few for drums and yells' in a detaied way pleaseeee

| Posted on 2013-10-17 | by a guest


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The poem starts in the past tense and finishes in the future tense. The future is only the last eight line symbolising the soldiers small future. The change in tense also makes the poem more memorable for the reader.

| Posted on 2013-03-05 | by a guest


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I am also doing this poem, very skill fully written if taught correctly, overall theme is that Owen is trying to get across that how bad deaths and injurioes of war is and is showing this poen as not a traeditional send off.

| Posted on 2012-10-28 | by a guest


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thank you sooo much everyone who posted things about this poem!!! i had to write an essay on this poem and used almost every post!!! and it was actually really interesting in the end!!!
thanks again!

| Posted on 2012-10-14 | by a guest


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This poem is quite emotional and true-Owen was there at the time and witnessed it all. You could contrast the poem to other poets at the time as they had different views on war. And whoever wrote about Islam being a peaceful religion-well it is but you dont know how the war started it could have been self defence for the Asians seen as people have different views and opinions on them. You will hear different points about the war and you just have to contrast/compare them together seen as though you werent there so you cant blame who started it.

| Posted on 2012-07-11 | by a guest


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I think hypothically that wilfred owen was a true jolly old chap and he showed excellent poems. It\'s a shame the o0ld chap couldn\'t come to my smartie party:(

| Posted on 2012-06-06 | by a guest


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\'The Send Off\'as the poem title is effective, as it brings the reader to think that people are being sent off somewhere.
\'A few, a few, too few for drums and yells\' is effective as the reader is emphasising the fact that very few soldiers will return home as they are being sent to a place where death is the answer.
Katie Bee x

| Posted on 2012-05-03 | by a guest


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\"down the close, darkening lanes they sang their way\" ; this can be pointing out how much the soldiers are unaware of what they are getting themselves into, as in the first world war the soldiers who enlisted were mainly pushed from the government through propoganda, so they were unaware of the truth of what war entailed.

| Posted on 2012-05-02 | by a guest


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i think ther was no war and it was all a hoax. did owen even exist !! huh!!!??? think about it!!!
I feel this ^ comment is shameful and whoever agrees with the statement should suffer death by lethal injection

| Posted on 2012-05-01 | by a guest


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This poem made me extremely sad when I red it as well as disabled, I like how he constantly uses religious references for example bells and in dulce et decorum est you see several references it is good to write about it in essays as it can be personalized very easily. I am currently in year 13 and we have to do a lecture on a war poet and give a in depth explanation of the poem, if any one knows any important language techniques used Please post when ever I read it looking for techniques I just get into the poem and can\'t stop reading!!! :D thank you

| Posted on 2012-03-26 | by a guest


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whoever put \"i think ther was no war and it was all a hoax. did owen even exist !! huh!!!??? think about it!!!\" is an absolute idiot, how ignaent can you get?! This is the kind of thing that Wilfred Owen was writing against ans seriously \"there was no war\" IT WAS FREAKIN WW1 YOU IDIOT!

| Posted on 2011-06-27 | by a guest


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whoever put \"i think ther was no war and it was all a hoax. did owen even exist !! huh!!!??? think about it!!!\" is an absolute idiot, how ignaent can you get?! This is the kind of thing that Wilfred Owen was writing against ans seriously \"there was no war\" IT WAS FREAKIN WW1 YOU IDIOT!

| Posted on 2011-06-27 | by a guest


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i thought islam was a religion of peace and tranquility where Allah himself says in the Quran killing one human is like killing all of mankind. so a muslim shouldnt really be encouraging war, even if it means that you are doing it for the sake of your country, cos who is dearer your country, whilst u survive on this earth; for what seems like a second, in the existence of god. Or is Allah dearer, who u shuld obey. (directed at the person who sed
\"this is the worst poem ever made. You can't write a poem against war. War is my life. I enjoy fighting for my country and allah. I am not a terrorist. I am just a normal patriotic person who loves his country and is devoted to his religion.
God bless everyone!!!!

| Posted on 2011-06-22 | by a guest


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i think ther was no war and it was all a hoax. did owen even exist !! huh!!!??? think about it!!!

| Posted on 2011-05-26 | by a guest


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From the beginning, the atmosphere seems menacing. The lanes are ‘darkening’ and claustrophobic and the shed reminds us of a slaughterhouse. Send-Off celebrations are over, the crowds have dispersed and the soldiers are watched only by \'dull\' porters and a tramp.
The flowers given to the men have a double meaning as white flowers are associated with death.
The departure of the soldiers appears secretive, ‘like wrongs hushed-up’. Owen suggests that this is because the true nature of what is happening to them is being hidden.

| Posted on 2011-04-05 | by a guest


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the mood of this poem is sombre, and there\'s a sense of doom and dismal, unlike the majority of poetry pre-war which is lofty and uses words, which in a sense, glorify the unpleasant truths of war. this poem has seen the realities of war, so contrasts with the earlier views of going to war.

| Posted on 2011-01-05 | by a guest


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What does
Shall they return to beatings of great bells
In wild trainloads?
A few, a few, too few for drums and yells,
May creep back, silent, to still village wells
Up half-known roads.
mean? thanks x.

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest




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