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ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH By Wilfred Owen`
THEMES The horror of war and the terrible conditions facing soldiers, even after they have died. The futility, meaninglessness and inadequacy of religion in response to such horror as seen during war. Senseless devastation of war
TONE The poem begins in a mood of bitterness and irony, but as the focus shifts from the battlefield to the home front, from the immediate setting of mechanized warfare to the distant calm of civilian life, the mood shifts toward sadness and regret. (Anthem usually positive tone)
STRUCTURE Italian sonnet (14 lines) Octave: brutality of war Dominated by the sound of battle Sestet: requiem for the dead Characterised by muted grief In order to expose the horror and tragedy of death on the battlefield, the poet has created a parody of a civilian battlefield. The sustained metaphor emphasises the difference between death in peacetime and death on the battlefield.
TITLE - Anthem for doo med you th Anthem: hymn of praise which usually commemorated or praises a person or group Song of praise for young men (doomed youth) who give their lives in battle for their country/cause. Doomed: implies that they have been condemned to die and have very little chance of survival (WW1) Youth: not usually associated with death. Ironic. The anthem does not materialise as we are led by the poet into battlefield to hear the sounds of war, rather than the music of a memorial service .
Simile 1. What passing-bells for these who die as cattle ? (Rhetorical question) What sign / signal will be sounded to mark the death of the soldiers? Simile: Manner in which soldiers die is compared to the mass slaughter of animals Nameless and faceless they die brutally in the chaos of war “passing bells” - Slow, solemn tolling of bells Ironically contrasted with unfeeling slaughter of cattle A custom in England dating back many centuries was to ring a bell when a person was dying. Those who heard it were to pray that the person's soul would pass on to the light of heaven when he or she died— hence, the term passing bell .
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