Anthem for Doomed Youth Analysis - Anthem for the Doomed Youth Analysis\/TEE Table CONTEXT This poem was written in 1917 whilst Wilfred Owen was

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Anthem for the Doomed Youth Analysis/TEE Table CONTEXT: This poem was written in 1917 whilst Wilfred Owen was undergoing treatment for shellshock at a war hospital. Passing comment on official comments on official bodies or government organisations for their lack of security for the younger members of society. IDEAS PRESETNED IN THE POEM: Betrayal (political paradigm – government does not help them) Grief Senseless devastation Dehumanisation (lost all sense of humanity – faceless men, losing lives) Funeral Waste (young men going to war for absolutely nothing) Pity Loss Doomed youth (bound to fail) Anthem for Doomed Youth - TEE Table Stanza one TECHNIQUE EXAMPLE EFFECT Irony “Anthem for doomed youth” - TITLE Anthem is a Christian song of praise; however, the exploitation of this in the title is ironic in this context as there is nothing to celebrate as the poem portrays the brutalities of war. Adjective/Tone/ assonance “Doomed youth” - TITLE This phrase creates a negative tone and thus reveals the overall tone of the poem foreshadowing the negativity of the speaker. It evokes pity and empathy; therefore, showing there is no hope for the soldiers and hence they are destined to death. To further emphasise this effect the negative tone is accentuated by the long vowel sound of ‘doomed youth’ Rhetorical question/Simile “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?” Continuing with the bitter tone the speaker asks rhetorically ‘what passing bells for these who die as cattle?’ This demonstrates the sound of mourning

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