Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen is a poem which I read recently, in which the author conveys horror’s of death in World War 1. The author‘s use of technique’s is quite effective. His use of the sonnet form, word choice, juxtaposition, irony and figurative language creates a strong image of the tragedy lack of respect for the young soldier’s dying at war. Anthem For Doomed Youth is one of best known World War poem’s because of the way in the Octet, Wilfred translates the horror and tragedy of the war and the struggling fight for funeral rites for the young dead soldiers.
The title is one of the effective technique’s that the author use’s. It’s the way the tile conveys a strong contrast in the imagination of the reader. “Anthem For Doomed Youth. ” The connotations of the word “Anthem” creates a very positive theme for the poem. We, In our minds, would probably link the word Anthem to praise, time of celebration or in a church with the national anthem which ties in with the War. Owen contrast’s “Anthem” with “Doomed Youth” to show the bitterness and horrific time of the war and the death of the young soldiers.
The juxtaposition of the poems title is the contrast between the “Doomed” and “Youth”. This is an extreme contrast as “Youth” we consider as a life not yet lived and celebrating the future not yet been discovered, yet the celebrating “Youth” are “Doomed”. “Doomed” suggests no hope and the likely hood of the soldier’s not returning. The way the author uses the contrast to give the reader a taste of the bitter irony theme to the poem, Another contrast straight away in the poem is the form of the poem which gives’s strong contrast with the theme.
Throughout these two poems “Eros” is revealed to the reader in two very different perspectives. The first poem by Robert Bridges portrays to the reader that Eros is a true god and that when it comes to love man is the one who suffers. In the second poem by Anne Stevenson, Eros is shown as a beat on and a miserable person who suffers from love. The concept of the first poem is evident ...
Owen starts to write in the sonnet form which is usually used to write a poem of phrase or love. There is not only a contrast between the form and the content of the poem but he also contrasts the form and the title. The form and the title is quite ironic because Owen writes about the death and loss of the war in a form of which is used for admiration of the soldiers are war. By using this technique’s Owen conveys a sense of pity on those who are in favour of the “Supposedly Glorious War. ”
The start of the poem is the octet which opens with a rhetorical question. What passing bells for those who die as cattle? ” The theme of death is brought into the poem with the words “Passing Bells” which refers to a bell tolled after someone’s death to announce the death to the world. There is a further simile with the words “who die as cattle” finishes the question and make’s you link the dying soldier’s of the World War to animal’s in a field. The simile consist a image of the cattle being led away in a herd to be brought to there death and that links with the soldier’s being led to war in large number’s to probably to suffer from a horrendous death.
Sound imagery is introduced through the use of the words “Passing bells”, this continues through-out the octet. Owen answers the question by replacing sounds of church bell’s for funeral of the young soldier’s with the sound of guns and war . “Only the monstrous anger of the guns Only the stuttering rifles rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. ” Owen uses personification to create the sound of the guns over throws the sound of the funeral church bells. The effective word choice helps to convey the idea of the guns over powering the church bells.
Like the use of cattle, the author, creates a effect which emphasises the horror of the World War 1. By personifying anger with guns shows that there was true violence in the war and the soldier’s died still with the threat present towards the other soldier’s. Owen use’s onomatopoeia to describes the anger of the men firing the guns. He also uses alliteration with “Stuttering rifles rapid rattle” which shows the sound of a gun. The soldier’s have no orisons, which means prayers, here funeral prayers, all they have in the final minutes is the epeated sound of screaming and gunfire. “No mockeries how for them; no prayers nor bells nor any voice of the mourning save the choirs the shrill demented choirs or walling shells and the budges calling for them from sad shives” A metaphor : the prayer bells and choirs of the church have became “chill demented” and “wailing” is another juxtaposition used by the author. We have god’s worlds and the devils both as one juxtaposed to highlight the hellish natures of the young soldiers death “What candles may be held to speed all?
Plot I read the book Soldier X by Don L. Wulff son that takes place during the world war II period. The main character of the book is a 16 year old German boy named Erik Brandt. Although Erik lives in Germany he is also half Russian and speaks Russian very well. Erik does not want to be a part of Hilters Nazi army during world war II but he is forced to fight on the side of the Nazis. During one ...
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes” The sestet begins in the same way as the octet with a rhetorical question. It starts off by saying about the candles which will not be held in a church ceremony by the choir but will have light in there eyes of the dying soldiers. He says ‘glimmers’ referring to the ‘candles’ suggests a temporary light. The flame of the candle is like the lives of the soldiers, easily took away or regularly snuffed out. In the final 3 lines of the poem, the funeral imagery continues: the pallor of the girls’ brows shall be the pall Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds And each slow dusk, a drawing down of blinds” Here Owen suggests that in a funeral the white coffin cloth will be represented by the shocked white faces of the woman left at home. The metaphor continues by saying the tenderness of woman will be their funeral flowers. The word flower is particularly effective not just about the funeral but about the beauty, fragility and sadness which reminds us of the effective title at the start.
In the last line Owen resembles the light being extinguished which relates to the soldiers coming to a end and slipping away. Owen emphases all the regular deaths by using ‘each’ in the last line which suggests it has been going on every day. In conclusion, in the poem Owen conveys the horror of the war extremely well. Through out he uses juxtaposition, figurative language, sonnet form and effective word choice. He has painted a image which is moving yet horrible.
“Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen and “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke are two poems about war. The two poets have different attitudes to war. They use similar and different techniques and ideas to convey there attitudes to war. The pace of “Dulce Decorum Est” is similar in some ways to “The Soldier” but is also very different in others. The pace ...