Wilfred Owen - “Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce Et Decorum Et Est and Futility

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Wilfred Owen’s poetry has expressed his outrage of war and the sheer pity of the pointless sacrifices of young soldiers made in battle. The patriotic view of war and religion are questioned repeatedly in his poems. He also ponders the purpose for the existence of the human race. Techniques such as juxtaposition, similes and metaphors are also employed into the poems of “Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum et Est and Futility” to create the atmosphere needed for each poem. This atmosphere creates various emotions especially to emphasize the horrific outcomes of war.

Dulce et Decorum Est” is a dramatic and descriptive poem, detailing the event in the perspective of Owen’s experiences. The patriotic view that fighting for one’s
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The idea of hope is first portrayed with the comrade’s faith that his friend can be revived if he is moved into the sun. The attempt in reviving the dead soldier is soon realized to be hopeless and that his body is a “cold star” and not even the gentle touches of the sun could awake him. Owen juxtaposes the warm fields back home with the harsh battlefields of France. The purpose of this was to demonstrate that the sun had awoken his friend before from his sleep but was unable to awaken him from this sleep. He questions his comrades death and asks several rhetorical questions, one of which said “was it for this the clay grew tall?” This question conveys a powerful meaning, and Owen’s curiosity of the existence of humans. He points out the pointlessness of war and symbolically shows this by describing a young man as “the clays of a cold star”.

“Anthem for doomed Youth” is another poem written by Wilfred Owen, describing the horrors of war and the aftermath it causes on the soldier’s most loved ones. This is the issue that is represented of war in this poem. The word doomed in the title, highlights the fact that the soldier’s fate was to perish on the battlefield. Owen describes the pointlessness of war as the young men “die as cattle”. The first stanza uses a large amount of descriptive language and techniques highlighting the action on the frontline. “Rifles rapid rattle” is alliteration that is used to
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