"Anthem For Doomed Youth" By Wilfred Owen

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Travis Kane

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“Anthem For Doomed Youth”

By Wilfred Owen

        This poem was written by a soldier by the name of Wilfred Owen.  In

 this poem Owen really brings out the pain and suffering that war brings to people, and throughout this poem it is apparent that he is extremely against war.  He believes that soldiers are basically being led to death.

Before I even began to read this poem I was able to get so much imagery by just reading the title “Anthem for Doomed Youth.”  The title really caused me to open up my eyes because to me there seemed to be a sense of irony in the title of this poem.  When I heard the word anthem, it made me really think about our country’s national anthem, which gives me thoughts of hope and glory, and also doing the right thing for your country.  I really felt that Owen kind of twisted this idea though by putting more of an emphasis on being led to their death.  Although in the last part of the title when it said doomed youth, I felt that even though these soldiers where being lead to death they were doing a very noble thing by dieing for their country.

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        In the opening line of this poem Owen’s first words are “What passing bells for these who die as cattle?”  This first line in this poem gave me so much imagery.  In this line he was comparing the young soldiers going to war, to cattle that are being lead to getting slaughtered.  This line really captured the sense that these soldiers were getting ready to die before they even set foot on the battlefield.  As I said earlier in the essay these soldiers were being lead to their death.  After the first line Owen continues with even more imagery by ...

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