Anthem For Doomed Youth By Wilfred Owen Essay

704 Words Feb 24th, 2016 3 Pages
Wilfred Owen wrote most of his poems between August 1917 and September 1918, including his “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, while at Craiglockhart Hospital recovering from shell shock. His “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, initially titled “Anthem for Dead Youth”, compares proper burial rites with burial at war. With the comments of Siegfried Sassoon, Owen laments the deaths of young soldiers and rejects the unnecessary religious rites in the short fourteen line poem. In the first stanza, he focuses on the sounds of war, including “the rifles’ rattle” and the “wailing shells”. He concludes by comparing the “candles”, “pall”, “flowers”, and “drawing blinds” to the reality of death on the front.
Owen wrote “Anthem for Doomed Youth” as a hybrid sonnet, drawing inspiration from Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnets. As in the fourteen-line Petrarchan sonnet, the poem is broken into an octet and sestet. However, instead of the Petrarchan rhyme scheme of ABBA ABBA CDECDE, Owen uses the Shakespearean rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD for the octet and EFFE GG for the sestet.
Owen wrote the majority of the poem in imperfect iambic pentameter. Iambic pentameter consists of iambs, ten syllables lines in five pairs with the first syllable unstressed and the second stressed. In line one, Owen begins with an iamb but adds the extra syllable “tle” to the end. In lines two and three, he replaces the iamb with a trochee, a line of poetry where the first syllable is stressed and the second is unstressed.…

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