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Owens Anthem For Doomed Youth

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Introduction

Owen's "Anthem For Doomed Youth" Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke were both poets during the First World War. They both served during the war but it is important to take note of what they actually did. Wilfred Owen fought on the frontline and saw active combat and was horrified by what he saw. He began to express how he felt through poetry when was lying in a hospital bed after being wounded. Although Rupert Brooke also served in the war he never really saw men fighting so he has only been exposed to the propaganda and positive attitude towards the war expressed away from the battlefield. ...read more.

Middle

This is very direct and makes the reader think about what is being asked before moving on. The indent into the second line could be a way of giving the reader more time to think. In the first line the soldiers are described as 'cattle'. This is shocking as it is an example of dehumanisation of the soldiers to animals being taken to slaughter. The mention of the 'passing bells' is referring to the sounds of guns but it also links to the idea of cattle as animals are rounded up using sounds. This line suggests that the guns are directing the soldiers to their deaths. ...read more.

Conclusion

However Brooke puts a patriotic spin on this later on in the poem where it says 'in that rich earth a richer dust concealed'. Here the soldier is saying that if he dies on foreign 'rich earth', his body, 'rich dust', is somehow going to be worth more than the earth on that land. There is the sense that he is saying that where he dies, there will be a part of England in the earth. The repetition of the word 'rich' intensifies this idea. Whilst Brooke attempts to bring some positively into the idea of dying in war there is no such thing in 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'. ...read more.

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