Once you’ve chosen your quotation and you know what you want to say about it, your next task is to work out how it fits into the flow of your writing.
Think of the quote as a piece of a puzzle that you need to slot inside the rest of your sentence.
Introduce the quotation by making a point about the poet’s intention, then insert the quote and follow up by explaining the effect the quotation has on the reader.
Owen intentionally rhymes words on the hard consonant sounds in ‘knive us’, ‘nervous’, ‘silent’ and ‘salient’. The effect is unsettling and vividly conveys to the reader the feelings of a soldier lying low on a battlefield.