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Compare Anthem for Doomed Youth and No more Hiroshimas explore how the poets use language to show the effects of war.

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Compare Anthem for Doomed Youth and No more Hiroshimas explore how the poets use language to show the effects of war. The poets present the effect of war in similar and different ways both indicating that the damage and loss is irreplaceable. In "no more Hiroshimas", the poet describes the Japanese town as "drab, cheerfully shallow permanence: peeling concrete, litter, 'Atomic Lotion, for hair fall-out". This shows the damage nuclear weapons have done to this town. "flimsy department store, flashy waves", "Oranges and dark red apples" "squid and octopus, shellfish, oyster, ice", the poet uses some very vibrant colour to describe this little town and just how normal it looks. However there seems to be a mask that's covering everything up and it is all existing on the surface; nothing really has any depth in it. The pace slows down by using more commas in the next stanza as it talks about the river which is the only natural created thing in this whole town. It is "unchanged, sad, refusing rehabilitation" This shows that it is polluted and will never be able to change. ...read more.

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The poet here is mocking and summing up the situation. He is in fact beyond indignation because he thinks that this tragic place should not be built like a tourist area. The state of this town is so tacky. It is without "nobility or loveliness", and "dogged with shame". This suggests that the way they geared up to meet the tourist trade is shameful. In the last two stanzas, the poet is being serious and describes what he sees in the museum: "burnt clothing, torn shirts, polka-dotted with atomic rain, blasted boy to bleed and slowly die" and so on. These are all the damages that have been done of the people, the words used are all very violent and this makes them stand out from the poem. The power of this poem is generated through the poet's journey through the town which is empty and tragic which alternatively focus on the human element of disaster. The overall message is to highlight the need to learn from this kind of tragedy so it is never repeated again. The opening rhetorical question in "anthem" "what passing bell for these who die as cattle" immediately hints at the pointlessness of war ...read more.

Conclusion

The second stanza describes more what is left behind and therefore showing the extreme loss caused by war. There is again an opening rhetorical question "what candles may be held to speed up them all", this is answered in the image of the.. eyes showing with the "holy glimmers of good byes" this much quieter and gentler image emphasises the sadness of the death. We read that the "pallor of girls brows shall be their pall" this shows that war causes despair to everyone connected and so contributes to the poets message that war causes huge loss. In the last line the word "each" shows how this terrible war and slaughter keeps happening and the idea that everyone is a "drawing down of blinds" hint that people are blocking out the war and ...... to recognise how hideous it is. The sonnet form also helps to show the emotion of anger and despair at the effects of war. Both poets are very successful in getting across their opinion of war and teaching the reader to learn from it through talking about the effects of war. ...read more.

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