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The Last Laugh Analysis



Author: Poetry of Wilfred Owen Type: Poetry Views: 586

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'O Jesus Christ!I'm hit,' he said; and died.

Whether he vainly cursed, or prayed indeed,The Bullets chirped - 'In vain! vain! vain!'Machine-guns chuckled, 'Tut-tut! Tut-tut!'And the Big Gun guffawed.Another sighed, - 'O Mother, Mother! Dad!'

Then smiled, at nothing, childlike, being dead.And the lofty Shrapnel-cloudLeisurely gestured, - 'Fool!'And the falling splinters tittered.'My Love!' one moaned.Love-languid seemed his mood,

Till, slowly lowered, his whole face kissed the mud.And the Bayonets' long teeth grinned;Rabbles of Shells hooted and groaned;And the Gas hissed.






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This poem has a very blunt opening, perhaps to shock the reader. The poem is to the point the whole way through, presenting the reality of war and the destruction of youth by mocking weapons.

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


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In fact I need analysis about the use of imagery in wilfred owen poetry

| Posted on 2012-11-14 | by a guest


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The poem is very synical and \'matter-of-fact\' to show the people at home how it was and not how it was perceived to be. Owen most probably does this to highlight \"the pity of war, the pity war distilled\".

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


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Owen repeats these techniques in all his poetry, (personification, iambic pentametre, half-rhyme) to show the monotony of war.

| Posted on 2011-12-29 | by a guest


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The Last Laugh reminds us of the uselessness of warfare. Owen wanted people at home to see the life and horrors of soldiers. He suffered shell-shock and died two weeks before the end of the war. Through language, Owen shows us that war is never the best option to solve problems and conflicts; he conveyed the truth through his poetry.

| Posted on 2011-09-07 | by a guest


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Owen poem is about the waste of war. young men waste their life in war has no used only war itself who can win war. he used the technique of personification to personify guns to emphasize the threatening of warn for example chuckles

| Posted on 2011-05-19 | by a guest


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There is a clear link to religion where the soldier seems to blaspheme \'Jesus Christ! I\'m hit\', this would have offended his mother, who disapproved of some of his poems, due to her relgious beliefs.
The following line states it didn\'t matter whether he \'cursed, or prayed\' because God had taken a step back and allowed the weapons to decide the men\'s fate instead.
The first draft, before Owen revised and corrected the poem, was titled \'Last Words\'. This emphasised the magnanimity of the unsypmathetic weapons and their disregard for human life. The weaponry mock the men and overcome them everytime, giving the last word; \'Fool!\'

| Posted on 2011-03-20 | by a guest


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what do u think owens attitudes to the war is about in this particular poem?

| Posted on 2010-12-02 | by a guest


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The weapons win; death wins
The poems shows that death is sudden, within the first line of the poem,one of the soldier has died. This makes the poem dramatic from the very beginning.

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


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This poem uses language associated with laughing or being cheerful and happy, thus it is used ironically

| Posted on 2010-09-26 | by a guest


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This poem is about the shock and waste of youth to war, along with the overwhelming power and authority the weaons have upon the soldiers. This idea is reinforced through the use of personification, where the vocabularly suggests the weapons are mocking the soliders; \"chirped\", \"chuckled\" and \"grinned\" are a few examples of this technique.

| Posted on 2010-09-04 | by a guest


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The extreme level of personification in this poem underlines, ironically, the brutal inhumanity of the war. At the awful sights of men dying the weaponry is perfectly cheerful, and mocking. The juxtaposition within the first two lines of every stanza, likening, for example, the dead soldier to a sleeping child, or the face down soldier in love as having 'kissed the mud' adds to this feeling of surrealism and horror. I think that Owen also in this poem is criticizing somewhat the continuation of civilian life- the weapons are like civilians, carrying on in day to day, still chuckling, gwaffing, drawing opinions and reflections about a war which they don't really understand and have never experienced.

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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This poem depicts the indifference of war by presenting three examples of war's victims. Despite the differences in their final words each case is irrelevant in the face of death and is fated for the same outcome: the last laugh of the weapons.
The monosyllabic lexis creates a face-paced poem aimed to shock those on the home front who romanticized war and the the death it brought about.

| Posted on 2010-06-02 | by a guest


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the last laugh isabout how youth are being killed in war

| Posted on 2009-12-02 | by a guest


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its a truely deep meaningful poem. his obviously been here and experienced this frist hand. his detail and personification is beautiful.

| Posted on 2009-05-22 | by a guest


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This poem is about the shock and waste of youth to war, along with the overwhelming power and authority the weaons have upon the soldiers. This idea is reinforced through the use of personification, where the vocabularly suggests the weapons are mocking the soliders; "chirped", "chuckled" and "grinned" are a few examples of this technique.

| Posted on 2009-02-22 | by a guest




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