Poem Analysis : Anthem For Doomed Youth Essay

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Throughout the centuries, the ideologies, attitudes and beliefs of a society have changed and these representations can be presented as literature such as poetry. These texts often support the values of a society but can also challenge the contemporary and dominant values as well. This is how poets have portrayed war over the centuries. These poems have represented war as honourable and patriotic to horrific and a cause of suffering and despair. These are shown in the poems, Anthem for Doomed Youth, by Wilfred Owen and Fall In, by Harold Begbie. These two examples show the contrast of contemporary society’s ideologies and beliefs.
In the beginning of World War One Britain had not enforced conscription unlike most other European countries until 1916. The first two years of the war, Britain used propaganda to emotionally blackmail the country’s population. Furthermore, propaganda was expressed through recruiting poems. One of poems was Fall- in.
In his poem, the first 3 stanzas marginalise those who do not participate in the war will be socially rejected by the girls and even his friends. This promotes the attitudes that all males should be actively and willingly to participate in the war. This subsequent, allows to integrate a powerful emotional blackmail which challenges the male’s sense of machismo. The final stanza is an obvious recruitment sentiment that privilege feelings of patriotism and promote religious belief that it is ‘God’s call.’
Begbie’s use of second pronouns…

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