Essay on Wilfred Owen

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"Anthem for Doomed Youth" is an elegiac sonnet. It is not an account of Owen's experience in the war itself, but rather a judgement on it. The title is correct; "doomed youth" as some soldiers in the war were very young. The title can either be thought of as ironic, or in actual respect of the youth who gave their lives. The authorial stance is a narrative observer. This poem shows Wilfred Owen's anger and bitterness towards the war and the church. It is written in an unorthodox way because thorough out the first stanza he ironically links a catalogue of the sounds of the war, the weapons of destruction, guns, rifles, shells, with religious imagery. In the second stanza the focus changes to the mourning people in Britain.

"Dulce Et Decorum Est" uses many poetical devises. The first stanza creates an appalling image of the soldiers limping back from the front. In this stanza the condition of the men is such that they can be compared to "old beggars under sacks," the sack being their once smart uniform and "coughing like hags,"



"Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs."

This line describes an image Owen will never forget. When the distressflares go up, it means that there is men dying who need help. They light up the area where soldiers lay dead or are dying, but Owen and his men have to "turn their backs." Owen uses colloquial language to describe the men
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