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Comparison of 'Attack' written by Seigfried Sassoon and 'Anthem For Doomed Youth' Written by Wilfred Owen.

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17/10/02 'Attack' written by Seigfried Sassoon. 'Anthem For Doomed Youth' Written by Wilfred Owen. The essay is to compare Attack and Anthem For Doomed Youth. In both poems the poet has described life in the World War 1 but at different stages. In 'Attack' he is about to go into battle from a trench whereas in 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' he is being more general, but they are both cataclysmic. The first line in 'Attack' is about the actual battle-taking place at dawn, so straight away you know what's happening and it sets a mood, which is calm but is also goading. In 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' the first line is a rhetorical question, which is about men during the war that went into battle and died, but bells are ringing in their honour. Then the rest of the stanza is like the answer to the question by telling you what was going on during that time. Both of these lines set your mind to think about life in the war and what's going to happen next. In the second line of 'Attack' it's very atmospheric, because it goes on to say that the troops massed in to battle in the 'glowering sun', which is personification because glowering is a human life form and the sun can't glower. ...read more.

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Line five of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is about making no wounding remarks with prayers or bells. In 'Attack' it says about tanks flattening barbed wire to help troops get over it with out being noticed. These lines to me calm the poem down a bit with more of a creeping motion or suggesting feelings. The sixth line of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' its still became calm because the voice isn't there so it represents sadness. In 'Attack' its describes a barrage as guns firing bullets into one another's trenches to batter it before the attack. The troops are 'bowed' because of all the weapons they are carrying on their backs. It makes you feel as if you were actually there at the battle with the troops the amount of description that has been used throughout the poem, whereas the other poem is more of a religious one with the vocabulary used in that one. Line seven of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' goes on about shells firing from the guns which sounds like a choir to the troops, but its more of a insane choir because its different. ...read more.

Conclusion

So know it starts to make you want it to stop in 'Attack' and in the other poem it stays sad. The penultimate line in 'Attack' says about the little bit of hope that the troops have of surviving, and in 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' its talks about their wives coming to visit them in their coffins. Now they're ending they become less grappling and more understand and calm. The last line in 'Attack' is an exclamation about the poet actually speaking to god to stop the war because how dreadful it is. Whereas in 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' it talks about the wives placing flowers in memory like on Remembrance Day. These lines are both opposite because 'Attack' is on about trying to stop the war and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is about peoples though of the war. The last line of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' has huge impact because it explains about how the troops lives are at an end with 'drawing-down of blinds' as if they have just died in the evening. I think that both poems have a lot in common because the poets were friends during the war and they wrote in similar ways. I prefer 'Attack' because I think it is more exciting than 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', which is more religious and sad. ...read more.

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