“Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen | …

In Anthem for Doomed Youth, Owen splits his sonnet into two stanzas, an octet and a sestet....

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In the end, the poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, by Wilfred Owen, criticizes war, and the use of religion to mourn the dead soldiers, while pitying the mourners.

‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, ‘The Send Off’ and ‘Insensibility (1)’ were written by Owen during the first world war to express his anti-war attitude.

War Poetry: 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen …

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- Soldiers are remembered by their loved ones -"Anthem" is generally associated with honour and pride in one's nation However...

However, I believe 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is more effective than 'attack' because of the amount of emotive language used.

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Anthem for Doomed Youth

Wilfred Owen

Lyrical poem:

structure of a Petrarchan AND the rhyme scheme of Shakespearean (English) sonnet
Shakespeare- ABAB CDCD EF
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Owen- ABAB CDCD EF
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in iambic pentameter
but some syllables are added at the end of some of the sentences to create the battlefield-like feeling throughout the poem
ex) What pa/ ssing-bells/ for these/ who die/ as cat/ tle?
Anthem for Doomed Youth /
Dulce Et Decorum Est

literary techniques

first stanza: the war period
symbolism:
cattle- used to show the slottering of men in war as animals and therefore inhuman
bells- were used to announce someone on their death bed so that others in the community could pray for them.

Besides the actual content, there is a lot of special diction used to reinforce the negativity: first in the title ‘Anthem for Doomed youth’.