Anthem For Doomed Youth By Wilfred Owen

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Throughout his body of work, Wilfred Owen’s poetry’s interesting ideas about loss. Owen presents a scathing critique of the Government’s propagandist representation of war as an honorable means through which glory and accolades are achieved, in tum critizing the way in which it entices young men directly into the battlefield and their inevitable deaths. His poetry also rejects the heroic and noble representation of war, exploring the traumatic physical, emotional and psychological impacts on the soldiers who had committed the most atrocious acts in order to survive. Owen’s ‘Dulce Et Decorum Youth’, subverts the traditional perceptions of war and attacks those who reinforce it, revealing the debilitating and degrading experiences of innocent soldiers in war. Similarly, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, is an outrage at the loss of life of the soldiers. These poems, through powerful vivid imagery, maintain textual integrity and resonate with World War 1 and contemporary readers, both of whom have been embroiled in violent global conflict.
Throughout the poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’, the poem illustrates the way in which the debilitating nature of war strips soldiers of their innocence, allowing readers to experience Owen’s personal outrage at the corruption of the youth. Through his repulsive and haunting images, Owen elicits pity for the ‘bogs’ who have been robbed of their youth and energy. In the first stanza of the poem, Owen uses a combination of visual and kinesthetic imagery such as “Bent double, like old beggars under socks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags”. In just the first two lines of the poem, the soldiers are portrayed as tired and sick. In the rest of the stanza, he shows how the conditions that theses soldiers had to go through were horrendous. For example, “Many had lost their boots, but limped on, blood-shed”, this quote reveals to us the conditions these soldiers have been fighting in. Furthermore, in the second stanza, the poem talks about the poison gas and consists visual imagery. In the second stanza, the quote “An ecstasy of fumbling, fitting the clumsy helmets just in time”, this quote illustrates that some of the soldiers could not put their masks on time and this ends up in them dying. The
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