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Let's talk about Wilfred Owen's poem "Anthem for Doomed Youth." Let's look a quick look the title. He calls his poem an anthem. We hear of things like the national anthem, but what "anthem" really means is a song that commemorates something or someone. This is a song for doomed youth. Why are these young people doomed, you may ask?
Let's look at the first few lines, shall we? "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons." Okay, let's take this line by line. "What passing-bells..." Okay passing bells are the bells that are rung in a church when someone dies. church normally will ring the bells, and that will let the whole town, village know someone has died. So those are the passing-bells. He asks this question: What bells will be ringing for these who die as cattle? So instead of dying a dignified death like human beings, these men are being slaughtered like cattle. So, he asks, what special bells are going to ring for these A

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