Anthem for a Doomed Youth

1127 Words5 Pages
Jessica C Anthem for a Doomed Youth: Wilfred Owen Thesis statement: In "Anthem for a Doomed Youth" Wilfred Owen questions the social, religious and political values of the 20th century by using a variety of poetic techniques. Introduction War poetry became an influential genra amongst the British population during the First World War, people admired the truthfulness of the authors who spoke of the horrors that they experienced through poetry. Owen Wilson was one of the most praised authors of his times; his poems depicted the brutality and the horror of war with depth and reality, his art was a mix between criticism of war and patriotism for his country and fellow soldiers. In “Anthem for a Doomed Youth”, Wilfred Owen questions social, religious and political values of the 20th century by using a variety of poetic techniques. Owen depicts the human cost of war and the social and religious ritual’s inability to commemorate properly the dead. In the following essay we will be discussing, four literary devices that support the thesis statement, first, the irony in the tone, second, the use of personification, third, the use of metaphors and similes and finally the significance of the title. Paragraph 1 The ironic tone of the poem indicates Owen's intention to oppose two ideas: the honor in religious and social rituals that commemorate war casualties and the actual dishonor of dying in combat. To begin, the Shakespearean sonnet is usually about love, on the other hand, Owen's poem is filled with hatred. Youngsters should be spending their lives free, instead they are confined to the trenches away from their loved ones, for those who survive, must live with the burden of war and its different psychological and physical scars. And for those who die in combat, will not be commemorated properly since social and religious rituals are only mockeries to them

More about Anthem for a Doomed Youth

Open Document