• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The poem Anthem for doomed youth by Wilfred Owen is based on the massacre during World War 1.

Extracts from this document...


ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH by WILFRED OWEN The poem ?Anthem for doomed youth? by Wilfred Owen is based on the massacre during World War 1. It is a Petrarchan sonnet that deals with the horror faced by adolescent soldiers and questions the real motif behind the wars. By questioning the funeral procedures of dead soldiers and contrasting it with the funerals of normal people, Owen expresses his disapproval and anger towards the war. It very effectively brings out the horrific scenes of the wars by using metaphors, alliteration, personification and rhetorical questions, all which bring out the futility of young soldiers dying and the insignificant funeral services carried for them. The title itself is very ambiguous. Usually, an anthem is a commemoration for someone who has passed away, but the juxtaposition with ?doomed? shows the ill fate that the ?youth? is accustomed to. A negative vibe is created from the very beginning. The use of assonance in ?doomed youth? with repeated vowels gives the poem a despairing and disdainful tone. The poem basically focuses on the pointlessness of war due to the immense fatality it causes. The tone is somber and morose. The poet makes use of a variety of techniques such as internal lines. ...read more.


The last line of the octave introduces a new idea about the background that the soldiers come from and shows how deep the sorrow is of the loss. The first stanza has a lot of auditory images that help to visualize the terror and trauma in the battlefield. Words like ?stuttering rifles rapid rattle?, and ?monstrous anger of the guns? helps the reader to visualize the unpleasant and cacophony during the war. The alliteration in ? stuttering rifles rapid rattle? shows the constant firing of bullets and the repetition of ?r? shows the frequency of deaths. Also by contrasting such violent sounds with that of ?choirs? and ?prayers?, the poet highlights how the funeral ceremonies for such martyrs is so different to that of a normal dead person. Further the idea of the funeral procedures of dead soldiers being contrasting to that of a traditional one is present throughout the poem. The title itself holds evidence for this. In a traditional ceremony an ?anthem? is played in remembrance for the dead soldiers, whereas for soldiers it is ?all doomed? and there is a dark future ahead. ...read more.


The last line of the sestet is very powerful. As dusk marks the end of light, ?each slow dusk? will mark the death of the martyrs and the end of their struggle. the night marks respect to the soldiers, whereas ?drawing down of blinds? usually takes place in the room with the coffin as a symbol of respect. The long vowel sounds in the last line shows how the memory of the soldiers will remain etched in the memory of the poet for the courageous tasks they have undertaken. Thus it throws light upon how first the soldiers sacrifice their lives for the country, and even after that they don?t get a proper funeral as a token for respect in fact they get to witness more and more of their colleagues dying instead.. Thus the poet targets the uselessness of war in being unfruitful and creates vivid images with the use of auditory and visual images. It very successfully depicts how the youth, the generation of the future has a very dark life ahead if war continues to brutally end their lives. The poem leaves the reader with a sense of shock by exposing the horrific battlefield images and fills us with sympathy for the many who lost their lives. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Wilfred Owen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Wilfred Owen essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Write about the similarities and differences in style and content in Rupert Brooke's 'The ...

    3 star(s)

    'A peace in the eternal mind, no less. Here, the dead soul retains its pulse in England's 'eternal mind'. One of the main contrasts between 'Anthem For Doomed Youth' and 'The Solider' is that Owen handles death as it were something trivial, unnecessary, as opposed to life, while Brooke attempts

  2. How does Alan Bennet create sympathy for the character of Wilfredin Playing Sandwiches?

    Alan Bennet again here uses a subtle source of information. In this last scene Bennet shows him in denial and repression although Wilfred doesn't tell about his childhood, but Bennet makes it clear there has been something that had happened to him in the past.

  1. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen is a poem in which a significant ...

    Also Owen uses the word 'stuttering' to describe the rifles which could imply that the soldiers are young and nervous referring to 'youth' in the title.

  2. A story based on the poem Disabled by Wilfred Owen

    could be heard ringing around the pub from both players and their small pack of fans, known rather ironically as the "Blue Army". As Brian had finished drinking a pint of lager, he went over to Meg to see if she was enjoying herself.

  1. Anthem For Doomed Youth Essay

    By writing it here it draws the reader's attention to the fact that the soldiers do not even have enough time to complete their prayers, which may contribute to the feeling of injustice for the soldiers. In this respect, I believe that it is a poem of criticism as I feel Owen is condemning the attitude towards the soldiers.

  2. Wilfred Owen - "The old Lie"

    rifles' rapid rattle" and "wailing shells", these two uses of onomatopoeia help to further build up imagery of the situation in the mind of the reader and alliteration is also used when describing the rifles, this increases the tempo of the line to further add onomatopoetic effect to the rifle.

  1. Revision Notes - Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

    They die together ? brutally and mechanically. They line up and are helpless in the face of their enemy. L2. ?Only the monstrous anger of the guns? ?only? ? what they hear is not enough sufficient as a ?passing bell?, considering what they will have suffered.

  2. Choose 3 poems by Wilfred Owen that look at different aspects of war. Compare ...

    In ?The Send-off? imagery like ?close darkening lanes? creates a sense of claustrophobia as the lanes are fatefully closing in on the soldiers. Vivid imagery is also used in ?Dulce et Decorum est? where Owen creates a dehumanising image to illustrate the sorry state that the soldiers were in, ?Bent double, like old beggars under sacks?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work