Wilfred Owen, born 18th of March 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire, is known writing poetry about his intense personal experience as a soldier in World War 1. He is known for writing some of the best poetry based around this topic winning multiple hearts as the read. However due to his death in action in November of 1918 he only got the chance to publish five poems. Three of which were national based and the other two appearing anonymously in the ‘Hydra’ journal that Owen edited in 1917. One week after his passing World War 1 was declared over.
“Disabled” is a poem that clearly expresses Owen’s own opinion about the First World War and the peer pressure that was used in forcing young adults to join the army. This poem shows the world through the eyes of a young man, who went off to war to become a hero for his country. From the very first phrase we as readers can tell that this poem is going to be emotional because of Owen’s word choices. He expresses the sadness of man’s life by using words “ghastly suit of grey” (Line 2), which creates the dark and gloomy atmosphere, as the reader links the grey colour with void and sadness.