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In your view is 'Attack' by Siegfried Sasson or 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen most effective at communicating the awful reality of war?

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In your view is 'Attack' by Siegfried Sasson or 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen most effective at communicating the awful reality of war? In my opinion both poems express effectively how terrible it was to be a soldier in the First World War. However, I believe 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is more effective than 'attack' because of the amount of emotive language used. Looking first of all at the way the two poems convey the setting of their poems. 'Attack' opens with a highly visual image of the battlefield, 'At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun'. This approach to the setting is deliberate. The poet intends to form an image in your mind because it helps to put across the hostility of war. By contrast 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' does not reveal it's setting until the second line. ...read more.

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But there is second intention in 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'. That is the impact on the people at home. This difference as I see it makes 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' more effective because of its double value. Another area of difference is the form of the poems. Owen has chosen a sonnet. This helps him give off an ora of seriousness, the rhythm of the poem also helps him achieve his intention by using iambic pentameter, which is alike to the bells of a funeral. Sasson chooses a similar rhythm. His intention is to show all of the rhythms of the battlefield. But his form is not the same. He chooses to show the irregularities, brutalities with the suddenness of the ending of his poem. Therefore in my opinion I think 'attack' is more effective in its form because it shows accurately the speed of the battlefield and is not as clean and well rounded off as Wilfred Owens poem seems to be. ...read more.

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Sasson is more pleading. Both poets also make use of figurative language particularly personification. Owen uses personification to bring out a more effective sounding such as 'the monstrous anger of the guns' this makes the reader feel saddened because the guns are like monsters killing so many men. Sasson uses personification a lot more the use he finds for it is to make the whole environment appear to be against the soldiers and to make it appear impossible for the men to0 have even a hope to escape from this hostile and barren world. Both poets use alliteration to make their picture even more of a vivid one, for example ' rifles rapid rattle. Overall, however, I believe the more powerful picture of the battlefield is given by 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' In conclusion then I feel that while both poems are powerful evocations of war, I believe the most effective of the two poems is 'anthem for Doomed Youth' because it shows the terribleness of war for everyone. ...read more.

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