Analysis Of Anthem For Doomed Youth By Wilfred Owen

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Wilfred Owen’s poetry invites us into a different world and broadens our understanding of human experience. His poems focus on the terrible suffering of soldiers in World War One. He uses powerful images and many sound techniques. He does this to show the horrible conditions of war. His poetry is so effective that we are able to visualise their suffering. His poetry also broadens our understanding of human experience. The understanding we gain is how cruel human beings can be. Owen’s poetry conveys a human world that is full of pain and suffering. This is seen in “Anthem for Doomed Youth” which captures the monstrosity of war and the grief experienced by those at home as a result of the vastness of the losses and “Futility” which shows Owen’s angriness at war as it has killed many men and nothing can take that away.
Owen wrote Anthem for Doomed Youth with the help of his friend Siegfried Sassoon in Craiglockhart hospital in 1917. Anthem for Doomed Youth shows us a world of horror. The understanding we have of human experience is how cruel we can be to each other. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” communicates the terrible suffering of young soldiers and their grieving relatives, describing the loss of a generation because of war. The tone is sympathetic which is related to the waste of young lives. The youth Owen refers to are those “who die as cattle”. This simile deepens our understanding of human experience. The Christian burial service is replaced by the personification of the “demented choirs of wailing shells”. The soldiers deserve a respectful farewell but instead there are, “No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells;/Nor any voice of mourning.” Owen suggests that even though these men don’t receive a formal, religious ceremony they are still mourned for by families and lovers. Owen emphasises the waste of war so we feel pity of the soldiers that died in World War One. The opening eight lines establishes the sad tone through the alliteration in “rifles rapid rattle”, and “stuttering” and “patter”, which recreates the sounds of the battlefield. The onomatopoeia in “wailing shell” also helps to take us into this shocking world. The personification of the “anger of the guns” shows the terror
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