Show how Wilfred Owen uses poetry to convey his feelings about war in Anthem for Doomed Youth

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Show how Wilfred Owen uses poetry to convey his feelings about war

Wilfred Owen was once a soldier and a poet who despised war. Being a soldier he had real life experience of the full horrors of war. He used words in the form of poetry to make known his strong feelings and opposition to war. Reading his poems one can immediately identify his anger and bitterness towards war, and its advocates. His poems make use of vivid depictions and vocabulary. Through out his poems we discover that the themes of death, sacrifice and suffering inflict upon people.

When the war broke out, Owen felt completely disconnected and did not comprehend the futility of war. Eventually he felt guilty of his inactivity and neglect towards his country and felt pressured by the propaganda to become a soldier and also he felt selfish as he said his goodbyes to his fellow companions going to fight at war, he returned to England and volunteered to fight on 21st October 1915. He trained in England for over a year and enjoyed the attention and envy he received from the public, whilst wearing his soldier's uniform and expressing his nationalistic perception, he was full of boyish high spirits. He was sent to France on the last day of 1916, and within days was enduring the reality of war on the western front.

From the early age of 19, Owen wanted to be a poet and immersed himself in poetry. He wrote almost no poetry of any significance until he saw the gruesome state of death in France 1917. He escaped bullets until the last week of war, but he was blown up, concussed and suffered shell-shock. On the 4th November 1918, he was shot and killed. The news of his death reached his parents home as the Armistice bells were ringing on the 11 November.
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Through out the poem 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' Owen compares the way men die at the western front to a Victorian funeral. Owen sections his poem into two stanzas the first one is an octet and the second is a sestet. The poem is an analogy of how nature conducts its own burial.

The opening line 'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?' uses a simile to conjure up the image of a slaughterhouse. It evokes the image of horrendous mass burials, as the 'cattle' are being slaughtered mercilessly. It highlights the huge and senseless sacrifice ...

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