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    ‘‘Anthem for DoomedAnthem for Doomed  Youth’ 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 Enlish !illae.

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    "#nthem for $oomed %outh’

     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

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    ““ 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 ta"en to a church for

    the funeral. #hese rights were not gi$en to the those who died in the war. #hese men died for their

    country, yet what funeral right

     were they gi$en?

    “passing bells” are the bells

    used to announce a

    death.

     What image is Owen creating here? #he sa$agery and brutality of war is re%ected on in this image of

    death. &sing the word 'cattle’ is a graphic way of showin how the men had no control o$er their

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    ““Only the monstrous angerOnly the monstrous anger

    of the guns.of the guns.

    Owen as"s a rhetorical )uestion

    before pro$iding the answer. *e allows the reader to re%ect on the

    reality of how young men die at war and what sounds after their death is

    not bells , but..

    +nstead of an honourable death, with a funeral and people mourning them,

    they will ust die on the battleeld. o one will come and no one will try and

    nd them.

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    ““Only the stuttering ri%es/Only the stuttering ri%es/

    rapid rattlerapid rattle 0an patter out their hasty0an patter out their hasty

    orisons.orisons.

    #he imagery Owen uses here appeals to our hearing and sight. Owen recreates the sounds of the battleeld , showing the anger of

     war with constant “stuttering of guns "illing innocent li$es. 

    #heir 'funeral prayers’ need to be completed )uic"ly as there are so

    many to be said. #hisempathises the $ast

    Owen uses both

    alliteration and onomatopoeia to further empathise the ring of

    the guns. The

    alliteration mimics thesound of the gun re.

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    o moc"eries now for them1 noo moc"eries now for them1 no

    prayers nor bells1prayers nor bells1 or any $oice of mourning sa$e theor any $oice of mourning sa$e the

    choirs, 2choirs, 2

    #here is no dignity or pleasantries in dying at war. o one mourns for our men who ha$e been sent to

    be slaughtered. #here are simply too many forthem to be accounted for indi$iduality and for them to all recei$e the burial they deser$e for ma"ing the

    ultimate sacrice.

    3espite Owen’s orthodo4 0hristian

    upbringing, how his faith actuallyde$eloped during the last years is far from clear, and it is hard not to

    thin" that he was not remembering in this poem those

    members of the clergy, and they

    #he glorious

    dead will ha$e nothing. o

     $oices mourning

    them. #here will

    howe$er be

    choirs. 5ut will

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    ““#he shrill, demented choirs of#he shrill, demented choirs of

     wailing shells1 wailing shells1  And bugles calling for them from And bugles calling for them from

    sad shires.sad shires. 

    #he only choirs that will be present at

    these men’s funerals will be the horric sounds of shells and warfare. Owen is

    emphasising the tragedy and pity of war.

    6a$ing mad- this highlights the sense that the shells and

    bombs are completely out of

    control. 7erhaps

    8any men came from the 9nglish counties and countryside. 5ugles  were sounded, calling them and encouraging them to go to war, to

    their deaths. #here is solemn tone here hei htenin the sense

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    The juxtaposition of "choirs"The juxtaposition of "choirs"

    and "wailing shells" is aand "wailing shells" is a

    startling metaphor, od!sstartling metaphor, od!s world and the e#il!s both asworld and the e#il!s both as

    one$ after which line % leadsone$ after which line % leads

    into the sestet with theinto the sestet with the contrasted, muted sound ofcontrasted, muted sound of

    the &ast 'ost.the &ast 'ost. 

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    ““ What candles may be held to speed What candles may be held to speed

    them all?them all?

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    ““ot in the hands of boys but inot in the hands of boys but in

    their eyestheir eyes :hall shine the holy glimmers of:hall shine the holy glimmers of

    goodbyes.goodbyes.

    (hy

    doesOwen use the word

    “boys”)

    The last sights these men would e#er see would be the horrors and pity of war. The image here is of the tearful

    eyes of the soldiers, glittering li*e candles as they go towards their

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    #he pallor of girls/ brows shall be their#he pallor of girls/ brows shall be their

    pall1pall1 #heir %owers the tenderness of patient#heir %owers the tenderness of patient

    minds,minds,

    +lowers suggest beauty and

    sadness.

    paleness o-in cloth

    They patiently wait for their

    men to return.

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     And each slow dus" a drawing- And each slow dus" a drawing-

    down of blinds.down of blinds.

     Aptly, dus" is falling in the last line and spea"s of

    nality. #he dus" is slow, for that is how time passes for those who mourn, and with the drawing

    down of blinds and the attendant sadness.

     We may thin" of a house in :hrewsbury where at the ele$enth hour of the ele$enth day of the

    ele$enth month a telegram was deli$ered that informed Wilfred Owen’s parents of his death ust a

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    +n 'Anthem for 3oomed Youth’ we see the main image is the funeral ser$ice that was not gi$en to

    soldiers for their bra$ery and help to the country, instead Owen compares a burial to what happened

    out on the battleeld. #he rst $erse was li$ely with gunre1 the imagery appeals to hearing and sight.

    #he second $erse we see that there are no aural images. +t is a much more silent and )uiet $erse,

    trying to show the sadness of war. Owen was trying

    to show the sadness of war.

     Anthem for 3oomed Youth is mainly about young,

    bra$e soldiers not getting a proper funeral ser$ice.#here are images of death, sounds of gunre and

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