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ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH ANALYSIS
1. The Body of Poem
“Anthem for Doomed Youth”
By: Wilfred Owen
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
       Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells,
      Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
      And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
      Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
      The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

2. Poem published: October 1917
3. Facts about Wilfred Owen:
* Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. * His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his friend Siegfried Sassoon and stood in stark contrast to both the public perception of war at the time, and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets such as Rupert Brooke. * Among his best-known works – most of which were published posthumously – are "Dulce et Decorum Est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility" and "Strange Meeting". 4. Physical analysis: word count: 112;

Petrarchan sonnet- related to the structure of the poem, we can say this poem is a variation of the Elizabeth sonnet. Owen has divided to the fourteen lines of this sonnet into two stanzas, the break coming at the end of the line 8. As is the case with the Elizabethan sonnet this poem has ten syllables of Iambic Pentameters, because there are five feet, and each foot contains a short syllables followed a long one. 5. Topic: die in war

6. Theme: the horror of war
7. Interpretation:
Through “anthem for doomed youth” a well known petrarchan sonnet written by Wilfred Owen , the readers see the horrors of war and how unfortunate it is to die in war. Owen fought in world war I and wrote this poem while in a hospital recovering from shell shock. “anthem for doomed youth” solemnly discusses death in war and shows how does who die in a war do not receive the normal ceremonies that are used to honor the death. Owen was able to express how he felt about those who passed away while fighting in war, and he successfully communicates a moving message to his reader in “anthem for doomed youth“. First, Owen relates to his audience how horrible going to war is. The title of Owen poem is “Anthem for doomed youth”. This meaningful title conveys a strong, gloomy feeling; usually an anthem is joyous song of celebration but when it is coupled of “doomed youth”, Anthem takes on a whole new meaning that implies much sorrow. Also doomed youth provides a woeful impression because it foretells of young people having no hope. The first line of the poem described “the doomed youth” dying “as cattle”. This is description shows how awful war is. The description depicts multitudes of people being slaughtered and the nature of war to be full of mass deaths. The simile is showing how the soldiers are not more important than the cattle which are lead the slaughter without feeling. Owen gives a sonnet a powerful, negative connotation from the very beginning. By using sonnet for the structure of his poem, Wilfred Owen introduces a touch of irony, because the conventional function of the sonnet is love, and this poem is sort of anti-love, I mean the young soldier have to spend their time in trenches. So their lives are wasted and, overall, the lives of their loved ones at home are also ruin. Furthermore Owen compares the events of war to traditional burial rituals and describes how those who die in war do not receive proper...
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