Analysis Of Poem ' Anthem For Doomed Youth ' By Wilfred Owen And Trench Duty

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Throughout history, wars have been an important factor affecting many people’s lives. The two sonnets “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen and “Trench Duty” by Siegfried Sassoon are two tales inspired by their experiences fighting in WW1 and all the horrors that war made them experience. Both poets use different sonnet structures, yet convey quite similar messages. In addition, these poets develop powerful images and metaphors, but in subtly different ways. Sassoon and Owen use structure, imagery and metaphor to show his audience the horrors of war and also how unfortunate going to war is. To begin both sonnets, Sassoon and Owen develop stanzas which argue how they represent all war disgraces. Sassoon’s sonnet is composed by multiple heroic couplet rhymes, which makes the sonnet more fluid. This could relate to the lack of focus by part of the soldiers, as to show that everything was happening too fast in order for the soldiers to focus on anything else besides fighting: “why did he do it?... Starlight overhead” (“Trench”13), this is a very clear example on how soldiers cannot focus, since at the moment that the soldier starts thinking about the purpose of war, he gets distracted by a “Starlight overhead” (“TRENCH”13). Another really characteristic aspect of this sonnet is that it lacks of stanzas, as well as of voltas. This makes the sonnet even more fluid. Owens sonnet has a much more erratic rhyme scheme than Sassoon’s. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” has a Petrarchan
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