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Poem Comparison-Anthem for Doomed Youth + The Man He Killed

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Poem Comparison The two poems i am comparing both describe the emotions of being a soldier in the war, what it means to be a soldier and the idea of death. The first poem "Anthem for Doomed Youth" by Wilfred Owen is about war and also when people are killed in war they don't get the funeral they deserve. Wilfred Owen had first hand experiences of warso this poem has a lot of descriptive images of war. The second poem "The Man He Killed" by Thomas Hardy is about questioning war and how this particular soldier and how he deals with war and says how he cannot kill another man. It says in the poem "Had he and i but met by some old ancient inn" this is saying that if he had met him at a bar he would have bought him a drink but due to it being war he had to kill him which shows the immorality of killing in the name of war. The story behind "Anthem for Doomed Youth" is also about questioning war like Thomas Hardy's "The Man He Killed". He is questioning the idea of war and how soldiers are treated as cattle. The language used during the poem "Anthem for Doomed Youth" is very negative and cold. ...read more.


Metaphors are used aswell "And each slow dusk a drawing down of blinds" is a double metaphor as it could mean drawing blinds or drawing blinds on life. The impact of this is that it is symbolic of death. A mixture of formal and informal and modern and archaic language is used in "Anthem for Doomed Youth" as this appeals to more readers than just one type of language was used. Thomas Hardy did this to inform people about the truth of war. "The man he killed" also creates a negative atmosphere in the same way as "Anthem for doomed youth". In this poem he uses words like shoot and killed this makes you think of death so you feel depressed and upset. Thomas Hardy speaks in 2nd person from his past experiences because of this you know it's true which makes it even more depressing. Thomas Hardy also uses repitition with the word "Because" this is repeated as the writer has no good reason for killing the man. No similes or metaphors are used in "The Man He Killed" and none are used because it is a thought process and people don't think in similies or metaphors. 'Anthem for doomed youth' has the form of a sonnet, which are traditionally about love, but the content, strangely, is about death. ...read more.


as he says "Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me, And killed him in his place" which means that if he had met this person in a pub when a war was not going on then he would have bought him a drink but due to it being war he had to shoot him. The poem trys to make the reader think about how meaningless war is although caused by the disagreement of two administrations, affects the people throughout the country. The poet speaks of the man he killed as his foe, but is himself unconvinced that belonging to warring nations makes two men enemies. I think that Wilfred Owen's poem, "Anthem for Doomed Youth", is a sensitive expression of the sadness and futility which arise as a result of the death of young men on the battlefield. In order to express his theme, Owen mixes the sad, calm images of a funeral with the chaotic, explosive images of a battle. I feel that the poem trys to make the reader feel saddened over the slaughter of many innocent men which have been sent to their deaths on the battlefield. ...read more.

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