Anthem_for_Doomed_Youth_by_Wilfred_Owen - \u201cAnthem for Doomed Youth\u201d by Wilfred Owen Poetry Analysis K Bailey(2009 \u201cAnthem for Doomed Youth\u201d

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“Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen Poetry AnalysisK. Bailey (2009)“Anthem for Doomed Youth” is a hybrid lyric sonnet written by Wilfred Owen. Owen, a WorldWar 1 soldier turn poet, uses his experience to document lyrics that lament the death of youngsoldiers. Due to his experiences and overwhelming sense of indignation towards war, Owen useshis poem “Anthem for Doomed Youth” to portray the harsh realities of war and its repercussionson young men and their families. Owen’s poem, written from a third person point of view, hasthe structure of a Petrarchan sonnet with a rhyme scheme similar to that of a Shakespeareansonnet. At closer examination, Owen’s poem deals with a mournful subject which is a similarfeature of the traditional elegy. A Petrarchan sonnet consisting of an octave and a sestet,“Anthem for Doomed Youth” illustrates in the first eight lines the activities of war which parallelthe ideas given in the sestet of mourning and of a traditional funeral, of which the soldiers do notreceive. The poem has a Shakespearean rhyme scheme with the exception of lines 11 and 12which have a rhyme pattern of, effeand closes with a sombre concluding statement. Having the organization pattern of a traditional Petrarchan sonnet, the octave-first eight lines-gives an idea of the death these World War 1 soldiers encounter. Owen asks a rhetorical questionand gives illustrations, /What passing- bells for those who die as cattle? /stuttering rifles...patterout their hasty orisons/ And bugles calling for them from sad shires/. The sestet- last six lines-

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