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‘Refugee Blues’ and Disabled are both poems written before the first half of the 20th century, which was a period of pure hatred from all over the world. Both ‘Refugee Blues’ and ‘Disabled’, have been influenced by the writers’ own personal experiences as they both in their own ways replicate the atrocity behind both the first world war and second.’Refugee Blues’ by W. H. Auden is a poem about the severe realities of war with themes such as: loss, hardship, and change. ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen is similar in this aspect and it also addresses the same message Auden is trying to convey; the extravagance of war. The definition of the word ‘refugee’ is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster so therefore the use of the word ‘refugee’ implies that the poem is about a person or a group of people attempting to escape their country (Nazi Germany in the poem) but cannot, due to the fact that they do not own a passport. The word ‘blues’ is a reference towards the sub-genre of jazz which originated by the African-American communities during the periods of discrimination so it symbolises discrimination and sadness. ‘Disabled’ conveys the impact of war on those who had the luxury-or not- to live through it by analysing the present life of an injured soldier to his past life.

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