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In this essay I will be looking at and analyzing a poem by Wilfred Owen, Anthem for Doomed Youth and a poem by Jessie Pope, The Call.

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Luke Judge English Assignment Poetry Analysis In this essay I will be looking at and analyzing a poem by Wilfred Owen, Anthem for Doomed Youth and a poem by Jessie Pope, The Call. Anthem for Doomed Youth is a sonnet comparing a normal funeral with the treatment the dead received during world war one, and about the meaninglessness of death during the war and how there was never the time to treat death properly. In Anthem for Doomed Youth there is a question at the beginning of each stanza, which is then answered in the rest of the stanza. This shows symmetry and structure. Owen asks the question 'what passing bells for those who die as cattle' this is a metaphor implying that the men that die are like cattle in a slaughterhouse. The passing bells were rung after someone's death to announce it to the world and to send them on their way. He then answers this question with ' Only the monstrous anger of the guns' meaning that the only thing sending the dead on their way is the sound of gunfire. ...read more.


Whilst the first stanza concentrates on sound, stanza two goes into more detail about the normal reactions to death and focuses on people's reactions at home rather than death in the trenches. 'Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes' this is particularly emotive because it is saying that you only need to look in their eyes to see the horrors they have seen. 'The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall' is saying that the dead soldiers do not have a cloth to cover their coffins, only the love of their relatives The next line, which says 'their flowers the tenderness of patient minds' is trying to say that the only flowers are the people waiting at home for the news of their sons death. Finally 'and each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds is an image of respect. When people were killed at war, or died for any other reason, the families of the dead would draw down their blinds and shut their curtains as a mark of respect and to let other people know that there had been a death in the family. ...read more.


Jessie Pope also uses rhyming couplets in this poem, every second line rimes i.e. trench, French, begin, skin. She also uses repetition of the same sentence 'Will you laddie?' this is to make the point clear to the men that the poem is directed to. She is basically asking the men of England when it comes to it will you run and save yourself or will you stand and fight for your country. In conclusion these two poems are from too completely different perspectives, Wilfred Owen was at the front line and was writing from his own experiences, his poems were true to the real story of war, Jessie Pope was writing from the perspective of the civilian who saw none of the death on the front line, she saw the war as not just the right thing to do but she saw it as the honorable thing to do. Jessie Popes poem made me wonder if she would have still felt so patriotic, if she had seen the death and destruction of life like the brave men like Wilfred Owen had seen. ...read more.

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