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'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen is a poem in which a significant moment reveals the central idea of the poem. The poet achieves this through many poetic techniques such as depersonalisation and alliteration.

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Anthem for Doomed Youth Question: Choose a poem in which you feel there is a significant moment which reveals the central idea of the poem; show how the poet achieves this in an effective way. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen is a poem in which a significant moment reveals the central idea of the poem. The poet achieves this through many poetic techniques such as depersonalisation and alliteration. The first hint of content of the poem comes in the title, the paradox of 'Doomed Youth' implies that it will not be a happy poem but the first line is significant as the central idea of the poem is revealed. "What passing bells for those who die as cattle?" The rhetorical question at the very beginning of the poem draws the reader in making them think fully about the ideas carried on through the rest of the poem. ...read more.

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The reader feels sympathetic towards the young soldiers. Again Owen implies that the soldiers are not seen as individuals by the use of 'Can patter out their hasty orisons'. By using the word 'their' Owen shows how the soldiers were grouped together. This idea is carried on to the next line with 'No mockeries for them' as he refers to the men as 'them.' The idea of 'mockeries,' 'prayers', 'bells' and 'mourning' all are associated with death and funerals, but the repeated use of 'No' tells us that no one respected the soldiers enough for a proper burial, it could also imply too many of the soldiers were dying. This also relates to the question at the beginning of the poem. The reader feels angry that the soldiers are not respected in their deaths. Although the second stanza starts the same way as the first stanza - with a rhetorical question - the ideas suggested are different. ...read more.

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This is carried through the next line when Owen tells the reader 'their flowers the tenderness of patient minds' showing that the war is not only affecting the soldiers but their loved ones who are left behind. This makes the reader sympathetic towards the soldiers and their family and friends. The idea of respect is carried on in the last line as the alliteration of 'And each slow dusk a drawing down of blinds.' slows down the pace of the words and 'drawing down of blinds' symbolises the end of another soldiers life as drawing down blinds was a mark of respect when someone died. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen is a poem in which a significant moment reveals the central idea of the poem. Through many poetic techniques such as word choice, alliteration and personification the writer effectively creates a moment which the central idea is revealed. ...read more.

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