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Anthem for Doomed Youth BY WILFRED OWEN 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. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shires. What candles may be held to speed them all? Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds. Answer the following questions: o How does the speaker’s response to the tragedy of war compare to your own? Explain. (K/U: 4 marks) My Answer: Throughout the whole poem, the speaker’s attitude towards the tragedy of war was painful and powerless. The tone and theme of this poem depicted how young soldiers and human lives are miserable and life is beyond one’s control during wars. On the other hand, my understanding of war is quite similar to the speaker in

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