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Arms and the Boy

Arms and the Boy


by Wilfred Owen

Arms and the Boy Summary

The poem is about a young, inexperienced soldier. The speaker wants him to feel his bayonet and see how cold it is. He also wants him to "stroke" his bullets and examine a cartridge of "fine zinc teeth." The boy isn't made for war, however. He should be "laughing around an apple." He will never grow talons, claws, or antlers, after all.

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