- This poem was written during World War I.
- It depicts the horrific conditions of war.
- Owen wanted to show the reality of war in contrast to the propaganda that was being feed to the British nation at home.
- The poem is about the experience of men living in the trenches.
- They are waiting for the German enemies to act yet nothing seems to be taking place.
- The true conflict lies between the soldiers and poor weather conditions.
- They long to return home but will likely face a slow and painful death in No Man’s Land.
- Refrain ‘But nothing happens’
- Eight stanzas
- Half and para-rhyme, making the reader force the sound
- Rhetorical question
- Power of humans
- Power of nature