The Send-Off - Mr. Dunford's Blog

The Send-Off - Mr. Dunford's Blog

The Send-Off By Wilfred Owen Learning Objectives: To explore and analyse Wilfred Owens poem The Send Off To learn how Owen presents his thoughts and feelings The Send-Off The Send-Off What Sent offdoes to war the

= sent off totell theirus title deaths straight away we can see about what is happening? Owens pessimistic point of view Who about the is itwarhappening to? What do you think their feelings are at leaving? How do those left behind

feel? Down the close darkening lanes they sang their way/ To the siding shed Down, close, darkening lanes = oppressive feeling image of doom Siding Shed = alliteration. The siding shed is a shed at the end of a siding (a dead end railway track where goods are processed). Cattle and other animals would be loaded into wagons from similar facilities, Owen reveals how the soldiers are being treated as goods; passengers would get on a train from a platform at the station, not from a shed at the end of a siding. And lined the train with faces grimly gay.

Alliteration g sound to emphasise the forced smiles Oxymoron (a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms) Their breasts are stuck all white with wreath and spray/ As mens are, dead. Symbolises Stuck = wounded

peace Irony: used for celebrations but Owen makes us think of funeral flowers Dull porters watched them... Insensitive or lacking interest; listless. This suggests the porters have seen so many soldiers leave on the trains that they have become dulled to it all and a casual tramp/ Stood staring hard, Sorry to miss them from the upland camp. Alliteration: s makes a shushing sound stood staring not making a sound

Casual: Unconcerned about the men potentially going to their deaths; the only thing he will miss is the things the soldiers gave him when they were training at the upland camp. Then, unmoved, signals nodded, and a lamp s k unmoved = lac Winked to the guard. emotion. Personification to make the signals and the lamp have human characteristics - to indicate that it feels

as if even the signals and the lamp are part of a conspiracy to send the men off to their deaths. The signals are unmoved that the men are departing; like the dull porters and the casual tramp they are uncaring at what the men will face on the battlefield. That the lamp winked suggests slyness and deceit. The lamp and signals seem to be in league with the guard who is in charge of sending the soldiers off as they nod and wink at him they are all in it together So secretly, like wrongs hushed up, they went. How does the So secretly link with the previous two line stanza with its ideas of Simile - suggests no one wants to think

conspiracy? about what the men are really going to; they pretend war glorious and any Owen uses a that simile to is describe the soldiers. suggestion

of the ofhushed war has to be Why are they likehorror wrongs up? hushed up. Owen places they went at the end of the line. Why do think he that? Alliteration: Soyou secretly isdoes

almost like a shushing sound. They were not ours: The people watching the soldiers go do not know them. They do not care for them. The soldiers do not belong there. They: not recognised as Why is this simple short line so sad? individuals Who is the narrator of the poem? How do you know? If in doubt look further on in the poem (line 14). What is Owen trying to say in this blunt

statement about peoples responses to soldiers unknown to them? We never heard to which front Who is these were sent. speaking? This statement seems to be made with casual indifference. It is as if the woman does not care where the soldiers went to or where they may have fought and died because they are not ours. What is Owen trying to suggest about peoples indifference to the deaths of those they do not know? Think about the difference in emotion you would feel knowing a loved one a beloved brother, uncle or father- had died in comparison to hearing of the

death of a stranger from another part of England. Is Owen being fair? Arent all humans programmed to care more for their own family and friends than strangers? Nor there if they yet do mock what women meant Who gave them flowers. Recurring theme of flowers - funeral goodbye and bodies prepared for death. Shall they return to beatings of great bells In wild train-loads? Owens views are very clear here - He knows that returning soldier are not celebrated. There are no drums or bells question: to welcome

them back. The injured are Rhetorical asks if the soldiers will be hidden away as from view as as theyinshow heralded heroes forembarrassing their brave actions

the true horror of war. There is a conspiracy of silence defending the country about the true nature of the war; those that return are not as numerous as those who left and will not line the carriages. The men who return are too traumatised by Owen earlier verb went what they contrasts have seen,the experienced and done to in this sectionand with verb return. They left in full celebrate

be the wild. train carriages which were with and men but Owen suggests there should be alined celebration will theyofreturn in wild train-loads? outpouring

welcome for returning soldiers as they deserve it. They deserve to hear their parish church bells rung to welcome them home. A few, a few, too few for drums and yells, Answers his own question with repetition. The repetition of few indicates the huge casualties experienced by the British during World War 1. May creep back, silent, to still village wells, The returning soldiers experience survivors guilt - they survived when many others didnt. It is because they dont want to talk about the

horrors they have seen and experienced and just want to quietly return home to their village wells (representing home and a peaceful community where their basic needs are met) and get on with life. The placement of the word silent in the middle of this line emphasises the mens desire not to talk about their experiences they were just too horrific to revisit. Up half-known roads. The final line of the poem seems mysterious. Why are the roads half-known? Is it because the soldiers dont return home because they are ashamed at surviving? Is it because those who are injured are sent to recuperate?

Is it because they went away such a long time ago and have experienced such a different way of life that they have half-forgotten what home looks like after the horrors they have seen? Or does it mean something else? What do you think? PLENARY Why did Owen write this poem? Pick two techniques he has used in the poem and explain why their use is effective. Be prepared to share them. How does the poem make you feel about the way you think about soldiers who are fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan now and whose deaths and injuries are reported on the

television and radio and in papers and on-line?

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