‘‘Anthem for Anthem for Doomed Youth’Doomed Youth’This is one of Owen’s best known poems. Its plan is simple. With bitter irony, the first stanza translates the pandemonium of battle into funeral rites for the fallen. The second stanza continues the metaphor in the quiet of a stricken English Village.
‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’An anthem is usually a hymn to praise or celebrate but in this bitterly ironic title, Owen is criticising the praising of War.You wouldn’t usually associate the youth with being doomed, but these men were being sent to their deaths. Owen uses the association of death and youth to show the inhumanity of
““What passing-bells for What passing-bells for these who die as cattlethese who die as cattle??” ” When a person died, their body would be taken to a church for the funeral. These rights were not given to the those who died in the war. These men died for their country, yet what funeral right were they given?“passing bells” are the bells used to announce a death.What image is Owen creating here? The savagery and brutality of war is reflected on in this image of death. Using the word ‘cattle’ is a graphic way of showing how the men had no control over their
““Only the monstrous anger Only the monstrous anger of the guns.” of the guns.” Owen asks a rhetorical question before providing the answer. He allows the reader to reflect on the reality of how young men die at war and what sounds after their death is not bells , but..