Anthem for Doomed Youth

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Essay on Anthem for doomed youth: Wilfred Owen has carefully chosen his words and used clever parts of language to clearly state his opinions on war and how he feels about war. In doing so Owen demoralizes the act of war and strongly states the effects it has on the men that fight them. Owen starts the poem off with a question that questions the value of war. The passing bells he refers to are bells that are rung when men have died in battle. So he raised the question: what does it help to ring the bell for men that die as “cattle”? When he describes the men as “cattle” he suggests that their life has no worth. In doing so he creates the impression that they are just animals that are controlled and cannot think for themselves. They are merely pawns used by their country to get what they want. They will die in the war for a cause they don’t fully understand or necessarily support and will soon be forgotten… In doing so Owen provokes the thought whether war is really worth going to as it degrades the life of millions of men as they get obliterated for their country. The format off the poem is supposed to be constant, with five stressed and unstressed syllables in every line. The first line does follow this rule but the second and third lines do not. This rule gets broken and is ignored as the lines seem irregular and out of place. Through this he creates the impression that the men who are in the war is out of place and is not meant to be there. He makes us think that perhaps men aren’t meant to be in war, maybe it is unnatural and it completely changes the men that go through this horrible experience for the worse. Owen therefor implies that war changes a man and leaves them scared and ruined for the rest of their lives as they faced the most horrible images. Owen describes many atrocious images through the use of alliteration and onomatopoeia. Owen describes the
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