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Anthem for Doomed Youth – Analysis Essay What themes are communicated through Wilfred Owens “Anthem for Doomed Youth” poem and how does he use stylistic features to do so? In the anti-war poem written during Wilfred Owen’s recovery from shell shock, “Anthem for Doomed Youth,“ the poet focuses on the negative aspects of war that we people seem to neglect after first hand witnessing and experiencing what it’s like on the battlefield. The poem was written in third person, so it’s easier for the intended audience to commiserate an outside point of view. Additionally, the poem is in the form of a sonnet, loosely based on the iambic pentameter that Shakespeare so often uses, emphasising the heartbeats and gunshots in the warzone as well as demystifying the gruesome reality of war. Owen uses a variety of language, visual techniques to illustrate the madness of the war, the death and pain in war, and compares the sacrification of young soldiers whose death isn’t rightfully honoured with traditional funeral ceremony ritual practices that relates their death to mass slaughter of animals. The madness of war, often disregarded and glossed over, is depicted by the poet to evoke emotional understandings from the reader. Since World War 1, soldiers have been wrongfully portrayed as being a valiant and patriotic fervour figure to societies, creating a false illusion to masses. Owen challenges this misapprehension of war and precisely likened the mass killing of soldiers to cattles in the opening of the poem with uses of simile, hypophora, and implied metaphor. “What passing bells for these who die as cattle?” The theory of the great chain of being, where it is believed by Elizabethans that God had set out a divine order for everything and everyone in the universe, puts cattles (domesticated animals) at a hierarchy lower than men. The simile and implied metaphor used here dehumanises the boys, seeing as cattles are bred to follow orders, and at the same time hinting at the act of butchery that the soldiers die like cattles on the battlefield. While they’re

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