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Analysis of the Language Devices in Wilfred Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth’ 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. Sonnet – This poem is a Sonnet, which creates some irony as Sonnets are usually about love, which this poem is not, entirely. I think that this irony has been used to show how ironic it is that the bravest, most loyal men who are fighting for their country are the ones that do not receive the proper funerals.

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