Your job in this essay is to identify the commentary Owen is making and the tools he implements to do so. He utilizes rhetorical devices and figurative language to make his claim. But what are they, and why does he use them? For example, in the line “Men marched asleep” he is using hyperbole. Instead of merely stating “we were tired” he says instead that they marched asleep. Why does he use the hyperbole? How is it more effective for his point? It can be argued also that the line is metaphor. But again, it needs to be explained why he chose the wording. If it is metaphor, explain why it is used. Analyze the poem, decipher the meaning of the text, and why Owen selects the devices he uses. Explain the poem to us.