Collected Poems - Pages 74-86 Summary & Analysis

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"S.I.W." is about a young soldier leaving home for the war. The soldier's father tells him that death is better than disgrace, and his sisters wish they could go to war. Once the soldier arrives at the front, he writes home telling his family that everything is fine, but the soldier is actually almost killed on a daily basis. Owen's morning patrol finds the soldier after being shot and carries him back to the trenches. When the soldier is buried, his mother says he "died smiling".

In "Smile, Smile, Smile", Owen writes of men reading the newspaper. The newspaper defends the war on the grounds that if it is not won, all the soldiers already dead will have died in vain. The soldiers also see pictures of dead soldiers in the newspapers, and all the dead soldiers are smiling...

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