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Analysis of Anthem For Doomed Youth

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Analysis of Anthem For Doomed Youth Anthem For Doomed Youth is the brainchild of one Wilfred Owen. Typical of Owens poetry it is strongly preaching the message of anti-war, and also similar to Owens poems, it displays strong views and harsh imagery. Just going by the title of the poem, 'Anthem For Doomed youth', the thing that captured me was the sense of irony and perhaps sarcasm in the title. When you hear the word anthem, it makes you think of your country's national anthem, which gives thoughts of hope and glory and perhaps doing the right thing for your country. Owen however twists this notion and shows that instead of this, the youth of Britain who are going out to battle on the front ...read more.

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Apart from opening with a rhetorical question, Owen is showing us some very clear imagery, comparing the young soldiers going to war, like lambs which are being led to slaughter. This type of imagery can be linked to another of his poems 'The Chances', which displays imagery of lamb-chops. He continues with even more powerful imagery with, "Monstrous anger of the guns". Also in this stanza, Owen, to give them more effect and display their importance, uses personification with the guns when he writes, "Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle", alliteration is another tool which has been used to do this. Owen uses personification again when he says, "Wailing shells". ...read more.

Conclusion

The style of the poem is of an iambic pentameter as the rhythem of the poem is of stressed and unstressed syllables which provides the reader with a flowing rhythem , its close to normal speech patterns. Unusually, Owen doesn't adopt a persona in this poem as he does for most of his others, he just narrates as himself throughout. He is detached from the poem and is writing from a distance, this allows to view the war as a whole and not from one particular angle. To conclude this analysis, it's fair to say that the title sums up everything, Owen believes that the young were doomed and never had a chance and he openly expresses his disgust at the waste of these young lives ?? ?? ?? ?? Paul Caruana ...read more.

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