Anthem for Doomed Youth Analysis

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Anthem for doomed youth In Wilfrid Owen’s poem “anthem for doomed youth” a strong anti-war message is conveyed through the strong views, harsh imagery and sarcastic irony. Looking at the title alone of the poem: anthem for doomed youth the bluntest aspect for me was the spiteful use of sarcasm and irony in the title. The use of the word ‘anthem’ evokes a sense of national pride and strength however the feeling is distorted by Owen when he implies that the youth of Britain are being lead blindly into certain death, tricked into fighting the inhumane war by their own countries. In the very first line of the poem Owen questions the morality of the generals and politicians sending the young men to their inevitable deaths, asking the generals and politicians how much these brave young men are worth. Are they people, sons of mothers waiting back home anxiously for their return, or just another statistic in the folder on the desk of their cushy offices well away from the hell on earth that was the first world war in the quote: “What passing bells for those who die as cattle?” Owen asks: who cares when these valiant young men who march forward unto their deaths, what passing bells? What tribute is offered to mark their deaths? There is no ceremony or care, the men are not valued, they are expendable, and Owen portrays the people sending them to their deaths as butchers, sending their men to trench warfare. Like “cattle” to the meat grinder. By asking a question Owen forces the reader to also question the morality of the butchers responsible for the war and all the death that the war creates. All of the anguish, misery and suffering that the war
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