Essay about Analysis of Anthem For Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

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Analysis of Anthem For Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen The first poem that I am to analyse is 'Anthem for Doomed Youth,' written by Wilfred Owen. This poem is a sonnet. It has fourteen lines. In this poem, the first and fourth lines rhyme, as do the second and third. The first stanza is mainly about the battlefield, whereas the second stanza is more about the feelings of friends and family back at home. This poem starts off at a quick pace, and then slows down throughout the poem, drawing to a slow and sombre close. Throughout this poem the feel of a war style funeral is compared and contrasted to the ways in which men died in the war. The title 'Anthem for Doomed Youth,' gives you a first…show more content…
The image that is created is that there is a mass of exploding shells. 'Guns' is a loud and rhythmic word, creating the impression that this war is angry, like a monster. 'Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle can patter out their hasty orisons,' are two lines that imply that instead of prayers, the soldiers received the firing of bullets. 'Stuttering' is an onomatopoei. Alliteration is used on the 'r' sounds to emphasise the sounds of destruction that were occurring. 'No mockeries…no prayers nor bells…nor choirs,' is the start of the fith line and tells the horrible way in which the soldiers leave the world and that instead of having a decent funeral these soldiers who have died fighting for their country received 'The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells and bugles.' 'Shrill' is a hard word that creates the image that the 'funeral' was not a quiet and peaceful way of saying goodbye to the soldiers. It creates a very piercing sound and is a harsh word. The word 'demented' is used to describe the shells. This conjures up the image that the shells are going crazy. It could also imply that the sound the shells made was frightening to hear. Additionally, the shells and bugles are described as 'wailing.' This is an onomatopoeia and a personification. This word portrays the image of sadness, perhaps that so many innocent men had lost their lives for
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