Anthem For Doomed Youth Essay

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Anthem for Doomed Youth What passing bells for those who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns, Only the stuttering rifle rapid rattle, Cane patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; save the choirs, The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shrines. 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 good-byes. The pallor of girl’s brow shall be their pall; Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds. Questions 1. Are there any poetic devices used in this poem? State the device and explain its use? Ans: There are many poetic devices in this poem just by reading the name of the poem alone. Irony is used in the name of the poem because as we know an anthem is more like a song of praise or a sincere song and it is used to remember the "children" that will die in this war so really it is a requiem for the dead. 2. What tribute are these ‘men who die as cattle’ given? Why? Ans: The men who die as cattle meaning that there is a comparison made of the soldiers to slaughtered cattle’s, were only given the sounds of shotguns and rifles as a tribute because in war there is no time to prepare a proper burial or memorial service. 3. Instead of as choir’s anthem, what do these men receive? Ans: Instead of a choir’s anthem, these men receive songs of bombs and trumpets calling for them from bases. 4. What is the tone/mood of this poem? What words help convey this mood? Ans: The tone of this poem is sarcasm. The words that help convey these feelings are the last lines compared with the rest of the poem’s words. While the rest of the poem talks about the horrible death a soldier is dying, the last two lines simply state that is righteous and

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