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    I thought as part of my final prep i would go over once again evidence of technical attributes in various poems. Can anyone think of any good ones?

    eg-silent , salient , silence...example of sibilance in Wilfred Owens Exposure.

    What do you have?

    Brooke's personification (through capitalisation) of abstract concepts in order to add power to their effect;

    "They brought us from our dearth,
    Holiness, lacked so long, and Love, and Pain.
    Honour has come back, as a king, to earth."
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    How would you describe Owens Language in Mental Cases. Needless to say its bizarre and reflects the mental state of these men suffering shell shock, But in the exam how would you say that in a way that doesnt sound as stupid as i just put it. Can you see what i mean by the disjointed language???

    "Who are these? What sit they here in twilight?"

    I would say that the use of questions, rather than persuading people to question the purpose of the war or (as in Jessie Pope) persuading people to join up, is used more in a confused, indirect way reflecting shell shock that looks at specific people rather than generalising/stereotyping.
    I'd also comment on the syntax of the 'What sit they here in twilight?', since it's quite unusual - sounds quite archaic/emphasises the disjointed/confused elements of the poem.
    Also, the use of 'these' and 'they' - deictic expressions in the opening of the poem, yet the reader knows instantly who Owen's referring to.

    Well hopefully that should help a bit with that first line lol!
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