Wilfred Owen Essay

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Wilfred Owens poetry is a passionate expression of outrage at the horrors of war and those who died in it. The opening lines of ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ clearly aim in all his anti-war poetry which is not only either to explore the reality of the horror of wars but to condemn those that support the age old lie that it is sweet & honorable to die for your country. Both poetry’s ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ demonstrate Owens ability to express his concern for suffering and life in war Anthem for Doomed Youth is an extended metaphor because the whole poem is a direct comparison between funerals of wartime and peacetime in England. It is a metaphor because it blends the rituals of a normal with the sights and sound at war. Anthem for Doomed Youth is an anthem or hymn which to some people is a Christian song of praise. Wilfred Owen addressed this poem to point out the pity of war and poor lives lost at war. Anthem for Doomed Youth anti-war poem represents the horrifying things that happen at war and the loss of lives in war. Wilfred Owens purpose is to let the reader explore the reality and horror of war and it isn’t something that is wonderful or good. The main themes in this poem is anti-war the pit of war and the lives lost war and ceremonies of the dead. The poem is structured as a sonnet, the traditional mood of a sonnet is happy and joyful but this shows the irony of the poem because the emotions in this poem are mostly anger, sadness and pity. Owen uses several techniques in this Anthem such as personification in stanza when he states “Monstrous anger of the guns” which helps describe the emotions in the poem which is anger and the monstrous anger from guns which helps the reader visualize the scene and using personification makes the poem more personal and understanding for the reader. “Only the monstrous anger of the guns, only

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