The Poems Condemn Those Who Encourage Young Men to Go to War

1094 Words5 Pages
Throughout ‘The War poems’ Owen creates a sense of sympathy for the soldiers who fight in war and are forced to endure horrific atrocities that either they themselves commit, or are committed against them, the continual assaults on their physical and emotional wellbeing. In the poems Owen recreates his experiences being an officer on the ‘Western Front’ in World War I, and voices his bitterness towards and rejection of the futility of war; the never ending loss of life at the hands of the British Military. Owen condemns those who encouraged young men to go to war and used rhetoric to give off the impression that war rewarded young men with glory. Owen rejects this in his poems by reflecting his own experiences as ‘Glorious’ and investigating the horrors of war, and their effect on the physical and emotional wellbeing of soldiers. Owen’s poems are riddled with references to the loss of youth, innocence and life. In the poem ‘Anthem for Doomed youth” Owen uses juxtaposition between the terms ‘Youth’ and ‘Doomed’ to place emphasis on the dooming nature of war; that despite ‘youth’ meaning the opposite of doomed, through war and the callous lack of respect for human life, even the youth are doomed. In the poems Owen contrasts youth, incorporating terms such as “girls” and “boys”, with the horror and injustice of life on the ‘Western Front’ in World War I, with so many young men being killed, needlessly. Owen refers to the soldiers as “these who die as cattle” which alludes to the harshness of the British Military and the lack of respect towards human life, which is showcased in these particular soldiers not receiving proper burial rites. Through ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ Owen is baled to infer his bitterness towards and rejection of the British Military that left so many men to die, so many young lives taken without the respect of having proper burial rites. The
Open Document