‘Disabled’ is a poem written by Wilfred Owen in 1917 during the second world war. This is why it is easy to see how the poem is written from the perspective of a veteran with not only one, but two amputees.
Since this was during war it also reasons the themes Owen touches upon, such as disability which is also the most obvious theme of the poem.
Already in the first stanza second and third line when the poem reads: “And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey, Legless, sewn short at elbow.”, we can see the disability of having no legs is mentioned.
He shows us how horrible it is, when using the word ghastly and it makes the poem come alive. “Ghastly suit of grey” is also a dark use of imagery, and the color grey can be used as imagery for death but can also be seen as conservative, and sophisticated.
Something else to notice is how Owen capitalized ‘Fear’ in stanza four line six: “Of Fear came yet.” Owen does this to personify the Germans, the man in the poem is about to face in war.
Owen also uses lists in the same stanza line eight: “And care of arms; and leave; and pay arrears; Esprit de corps; and hints for young recruits.” This creates a feeling of excitement showing how much this man was looking forward to going to war.
The poem ends with two rhetorical questions: “And put him into bed? Why don’t they come?”
This could be argued to be a cry for help about how this man wants to die, since saying ‘put him into bed’ can mean killing him. This man wants to be relieved from the pain it is being alive after war. Ending the poem with this, also makes the reader think about the poem and its meaning.