I still have a few doubts on the use of the present after "as if" and on other statements. Thank you for your cooperation.
1) They are hobbling along on their bloody feet, as if they are (why not were?) hurt or blind. They are so tired, they walk ask if they are (why not were?) drunk.
2) Wilfred Owen enlisted as a soldier in 1915. He was sent to France where he saw his first action. He was injured and sent to hospital to recover from shell shock.
3)There he met the poet Siefried Sassoon, who read his poems and encouraged him to write. Owen returned to the front in August 1918.
4)On November 4 he was killed in a German machine gun attack. In June 1918 he was preparing Disabled and Other Poems for publication. He was writing the preface to the book that has now become essential in discussing much of the poetry of World War I. He claimed that his subject was War, and the pity of War.
5)He believed that the poet’s task was to warn and be truthful. His poems describe men who are clinically alive although their bodies have been destroyed.
6) His technical innovations of para-rhymes and his extensive use of assonance and alliteration characterize his poems .