Anthem for Doomed Youth Analysis Paper

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AP Literature and Composition

Anthem for Doomed Youth

In time of war we do anything to succeed no matter the consequences. Countries have gone in debt just to go to battle, people put their lives on the line to fight for their country, for freedom or whatever the situation may be. Thought we may be fighting for something beneficial the long term effects of war are very haunting and saddening. Soldiers are treated like androids who are just built to fight and in the end don't get properly commemorated. By using imagery, metaphors and musical devices, Wilfred Owen conveys how a militaristic burial lacks the emotion of a family funeral and makes a mockery of the soldiers. Owen's use of imagery in “Anthem for Doomed Youth” is very powerful in the way that it contrasts the emotions in the two ideas of the sonnet. The first and second quatrains are filled with verses that appeal to sound while the third quatrain and couplet appeal to vision. By appealing to our ears, Owen is able to put us in a frame of time where we are standing beside fellow soldiers firing their rifles, for example”Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle”,(3). The sound of fired gunpowder is all the soldiers get, they are being thanked with the same sounds that put them in their grave, sounds that are cold and lack emotion. “ What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?”(1). Instead of being honored with the peaceful sound of bells they get put to rest with same sound that drafted them to their death, ”And bugles calling for them from sad shires”(8). The sounds of war are now calling the fallen soldiers back home, its like war will always be a part of a soldier even when they pass away. These sounds are all the brutal sounds of war not love or mourning which is what the soldiers deserve. In the third quatrain Owen begins to appeal to our vision for example,”The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;”(12). The image of a girl becoming pale contrasts the images of war in the first and...
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