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Arms And The Boy Analysis

Author: poem of Wilfred Owen Type: poem Views: 62

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Let the boy try along this bayonet-blade

How cold steel is, and keen with hunger of blood;

Blue with all malice, like a madman's flash;

And thinly drawn with famishing for flesh.

Lend him to stroke these blind, blunt bullet-heads

Which long to muzzle in the hearts of lads.

Or give him cartridges of fine zinc teeth,

Sharp with the sharpness of grief and death.

For his teeth seem for laughing round an apple.

There lurk no claws behind his fingers supple;

And God will grow no talons at his heels,

Nor antlers through the thickness of his curls.


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Owen stresses through this poems that the innocent and pure men who go to war are contaminated and corrupted after killing and murdering. These men are like young boys in a war, they do not know what to do and are just \"given cartidges of fine zince teeth\". Owen writes \"let the boy try\" as if a parent is giving his child a gun to play with like a toy. The result? The boy is corrupted and thus, \"hungers blood\"

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| Posted on 2012-01-04 | by a guest

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Wilfred Owen\'s poem \"Arms and the Boy\" touches the subject of innocence and experience through the intense use of the figurative language such as personification. Personification is a literary style, which makes inanimate objects human in form, emotions, or in thoughts and thus emphasizing that the object\'s connotation is a part of human traits. This article will show the different personifications used in the poem \"Arms and the Boy\" and depict how they relate to the theme of innocence and experience.
The first stanza introduces a child to a bayonet, which symbolizes war, cruelty, blood and death. Thus, this depicts the meeting of child innocence to the experience of adulthood conflicts arising from the concept of the tower of Babel. To emphasize the topics of adulthood conflicts such as war, cruelty and death Wilfred Owen chooses to personify the bayonet with demonic human traits such as cold, hungry for blood, filled with malice and famishing or starving for flesh. The person representing the bayonet is thus not portrayed as pure but as filled with vices and furthermore experienced or knowledgeable.
In the first line, Owen uses alliteration, the repetition of initial sounds, as a mean to stress the bayonet as a destructive tool \"bayonet-blade\". In the second line, he also uses assonance, the repetition of vowels, to give accent on the personified traits of the bayonet such \"steel\" and \"keen\". The third line has the word \"Blue\", which possesses a double meaning in this stanza. First, it refers to the coldness of the blade and second it can mean profane or indecent, which alludes back to experience and knowledge. Due to the word profane and its connotation to the temptation of Adam and Eve in Eden with the tree of knowledge, which brought the downfall of humanity. The third line also contains a simile \"like a madman\'s flash\" meaning that the personified bayonet attacks in sudden bursts of insanity, which emphasizes the humanity of the blade and thus reinforces the personification. The fourth line uses alliteration to accent the word \"flesh\" due to the \"F\" sound in the words \"famishing\" and \"for\". The first stanza has an approximate end rhyme such as \"blade\" and \"blood\" or \"flash\" and \"flesh\".
The second stanza has also a personification. The bullets are represented as heads, which long to be affectionate with a boy\'s heart. Therefore, the human trait of the bullets is to corrupt the innocence of children and thus making them experienced. To further the personification, Owen, personified the cartridges, which hold the bullet or the powder, as teeth. The teeth are \"sharp with the sharpness of grief and death.\" Death and grief are two human actions and depicts how the teeth are sharp because death is a decisive action and grief is obsolete grievance cause by a death.
The fourth line of this poem uses alliteration to emphasize the humanity of the bullets \"blind, blunt, bullet-heads\". The eight line also uses alliteration in the repetition of sharp. The second stanza also has an approximate end rhyme such as \"heads\" and \"lads\" or \"teeth\" and \"death\", which is called consonance: repetition of the final consonant sounds.
The third stanza describes, using metaphors, the boy as innocent. For example, in line nine, \"For his teeth seem for laughing round and apple\" refers to the pastoral idealization of the non-corruption found in country life. The word \"apple\" also ties with innocence and experience due to its biblical connotations. Line ten, eleven and twelve also depicts the boy as innocent since he does not mirror a demon; he does not have claws under his flexible fingers, or at his feet, nor horns on his head. The word \"God\" in line eleven and the description of a demonic creature also alludes to the fallen angels in hell.
Alliteration is also used in the last stanza, in line eleven with the words \"God\" and \"grow\", which emphasize the word \"God\" by repeating the same sound. The last line also has alliteration as internal rhyme with the words \"through\" and \"thickness\". The third and last stanza also has an approximate end rhyme such as \"apple\" and \"supple\" or \"heels\" and \"curls\".

| Posted on 2011-06-14 | by a guest

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highlights the incongruous nature of arming a child!

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

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This poem seems to take the innonence away from the boys\' childhoods. Instead of playing with toys they are trained to use guns and weapons. The boys do not get to experience their childhood, they are simply trained to be soldiers from a very young age.

| Posted on 2010-12-27 | by a guest

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\"Hunger\" the blade is almost human like, but in a monstrous way. Needing to eat for survival, so the blade is being used to gain blood in order to survive. Sematic fields include youth, death, inncoence, and fate. Irony is used, \'nuzzle\' an aggresive sound making the bullet seem animal like and the needing to be loved in \'the hearts of lads\'. Just a few things I thought up!

| Posted on 2010-11-16 | by a guest

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the poem generally talks about weapons and kids and how naturally(the last stanza) and morally wrong war is and how the lives of youths how been snatched away by war.

| Posted on 2010-10-25 | by a guest

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the last stanza where it speaks of the boy haveing no claws, talons nor horns and the line "And God will grow no talons at his heels" could mean that god did not make us to fight.In the animal kindom claws talons and horns are used in hunting or fighting. young boys are not ment to be useing weapons.

| Posted on 2010-06-15 | by a guest

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This poems i just love it because it touches my heart.

| Posted on 2010-05-31 | by a guest

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I think the persona is also being manipulated by the weaponry, as steel alone cant be hungry with "blood". Violence permeates this poem with the objects playing a role to intensify the subject matter.

| Posted on 2010-05-03 | by a guest

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Owen shows the soldiers' loss of innocence by using "stroke" and "nuzzle" to imply the affection the 'boys' feel for their weaponry; they are like their toys. Owen shows that although the boys have killed, they are not guilty because the weapons have overpowered them and God will not punish them. In general the poem is about the wasted youths of the young men who fought as they had to grow up too fast and leave their innocence behind them. The title is a play on words from the play 'Arms and the Man'.

| Posted on 2010-05-02 | by a guest

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i think that Owen is talking about how young lives are being wasted in war and how ugly war is to our lives. We were meant to live life till we cant breath no more and then die peacefully and happy. We were meant to enjoy life and enjoy the great creation of God that has been put right in front of our eyes, not to fight each other because we were not made with Talons or claws to fight.

| Posted on 2010-05-01 | by a guest

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the last stanza is owens explaining that weapons are a work of the devil!

| Posted on 2010-03-29 | by a guest

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"The boy " could also reperesent the youth that has been forgotten and buried within the men... indicating that the men at war are innocent boys who cannot kill another human being....maybe " the boy" within the men is indicated only when they come in contact with the weapons, stressing the danger the weapons can do ...the insesibility they can lead to an innocent mind ?

| Posted on 2009-11-25 | by a guest

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I think that the poem is to take away the glorious nationalistic aspect of war and show the reality, that the young "boys" had to face, which was loss of innocence, witnessing violent, bloody deaths of fellow soldiers and also their own physical and pyschological pain. Owen is showing the readers that the soldiers were too young to be fighting this war and witnessing such horrors by saying "let the boy try along this bayonet-blade" and "lend him to stroke these blind, blunt bullet heads". No "boy" should be left responsible for these weapons, let alone in control of it so they can murder other soldiers.

| Posted on 2009-11-18 | by a guest

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I think the poem is about boys who are barely men yet are forced to go to war and want to go when realy they dont anderstand how horrable war is, wepons atached to there hands make them grown up and deadly killers when hey realy should be at home living there lives -eating apples- and enjoying there life as they are not made to die.

| Posted on 2009-10-16 | by a guest

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The title is actually a take off a famous play titled "Arms and the Man". By changing Man to Boy, Owen stresses on the fact that we are sending young boys to war, boys who should be playing, not killing people, as shown in the last stanza in which Owen describes how boys were never meant to kill.

| Posted on 2009-08-23 | by a guest

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The title is suggestive of what the boy has been made a part of - the weapon used by the national establishment which was the front line. The 'Arms' could be alternativly implicating weaponary as a newly implanted limb of the child. Therefore both weapon and boy seem functional to one another where the bullet 'longs to muzzle in the heart of lads' and which has manipulated the boy in being 'keen with the hunger of blood'.

| Posted on 2009-06-07 | by a guest

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"God will grow no talons at his heel"
Also have a reference to the devil - "talons"
From the same stanza "claws" "antlers"
The weapons are evil - the work of the devil

| Posted on 2009-05-18 | by a guest

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The title is intreguing as it is unusual for the weapon to be written BEFORE the human, suggesting that the weapons are manipulating the boy. 'Arms' is also a technical term and is a juxtaposition as a young boy would usually say 'guns', suggesting they have been forced to grow up too quickly. There are many biblical and satanic references in the poem, for example "for his teeth seem for laughing round an apple", with the use of 'apple' Owen could possibly be referring to the forbidden fruit as a symbol of life. In comparison to "Anthem for Doomed Youth" the boys are more accepting of the guns in "Arms and the Boy", they seem to embrace it, almost as if they have been indoctrinated. :D Year 12 english lit student

| Posted on 2009-05-13 | by a guest

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Arms and the Boy is short, regular versed poem, reflecting Humans which are referred to the soldiers at war to the Mechanical (the machinery used) It is trying to get across the fact that the Guns have a power over the young boys, 'How cold steel is, keen with the hunger of blood.' It is comparing pleasure to destruction in the 2nd stanza giving it a different type of tone and effect.

| Posted on 2009-05-04 | by a guest

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The poem indicates innocence and the pity that can be evoked. the word 'arms' is technical. the word 'gun' is childlike, which explain why owen choses the first, to contrast with the boy.
owen himself was an officer, so would have felt immense guilt for any young men who were under his care if harm came to them. owen feels the necessity to witness and tell. This idea parallels with many if not all of his poems, including disabled and mental cases.

| Posted on 2009-04-22 | by a guest

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What this poem is saying is really quite simple. As with the rest of his poems, Owen is protesting against the waste of youth - how the war forced boys to become men before their time. How the war initiated a stream of youths to lie about their ages and sign up to the army for the 'glory' of the battle. The last stanza alludes evil and how god is not judging the young that have sacrificed themselves for this 'glory' - indicating that it is not they that are evil, but those who command them, those who started and continued the war.

| Posted on 2009-01-14 | by a guest

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I think 'Arms and the Boy' is a juxtapose- specifically chosen because they contrast- would it be right seeing a young boy with a weapon?! Or maybe that arms make men (soldiers) feel like boys; they just want to go home and hide- not fight and suffer.

| Posted on 2008-09-24 | by a guest

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I think 'Arms and the Boy' is a juxtapose- specifically chosen because they contrast- would it be right seeing a young boy with a weapon?! Or maybe that arms make men (soldiers) feel like boys; they just want to go home and hide- not fight and suffer.

| Posted on 2008-09-24 | by a guest

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or perhaps arms mean weapons so in the tittle "arms and the boy" wilfred owen is stating the two major issues in his peom, the weapons and their addictive evil and the coruption of the innocent "boy"

| Posted on 2008-04-06 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2008-03-17 | by a guest

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This poem's underlying message is really quite simple. Owen, being a soldier, has contemplated the meaninglessness of war, but this particular poem seems to tackle the issue of humans having possession of weapons we have created. It appears that Owen doesn't believe that humans should not have weapons that god did not provide for us. The last quatrain solidifies this stating,"his teeth seem for laughing" and "there lurk no claws behind his fingers, and GOD will grow no talons at his heels or antlers through the thickness of his curls". The title alone makes a statement. "Arms and the boy", the "boy" is an alliteration to mankind's youth as a species. Why would Owen use the word "arms" not "weapons"? Perhaps word association of "arms" ties in to man's intimacy with weapons as expressed in the second quatrain. Overall Owen seems to be asking one very important question: Is man responsible enough to handle the weapons we have created? The fact that this poem was written before the "Atomic Age" shows Owen's surprising insight into events that were unfolding at the time and even more amazingly, to events that have yet to happen.

| Posted on 2007-04-04 | by a guest

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