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Anthem for Doomed Youth
Transcript of Anthem for Doomed Youth
Only the monstrous anger of the guns
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires. Anthem for Doomed Youth
By Wilfred Owen What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds. • Short life
• British volunteer soldier during WWI
• Self-appointed task was to speak for
men in his car
• Vivid and terrifying war poems
• Poetry is evidence of his bleak realism,
energy, indignation, compassion and
• Killed by machinegun, days before end
• Siegfried Sassoon - big influence Wilfred Owen: What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? • Simile comparing people to dying cattle • Monstrous anger of guns, there is only people
being shot and dying.
• Personification with "anger" Only the monstrous anger of the guns. • Restatement of line 2
• Personification of rifles stuttering
• Alliteration "r" Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. • Patter- a quick repeated light tapping sound
• Orisons-prayers No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells, • Structure: indented, possibly restatement of last line
• Ends in a dash-continue on to next line Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— • Continuation of last line (dash)
• The choirs are not singing in a good way The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; • Bugle- a trumpet-like instrument
• Usually played at funerals And bugles calling for them from sad shires. • Tone shift
• Acceptance of soldiers death. What candles may be held to speed them all? • Candles being held by boys
• Lighting a fire in their eyes-revenge Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes • Younger generation saying goodbye Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; • Pallor-paleness
• Pall-a cloth spread over a
• Repetition in pallor and pall
• Color of eyebrows is the
same as cloth Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds. The structure of a sonnet: The theme: • 14 lines
• Tone shift
• Indentation in six lines Sources: http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fam/bioo1/owen03/owen2.jpghttp://www.poetryoutloud.org/poet/wilfred-owen http://www.wilfredowen.org.uk/home/ http://www.wilfredowen.org.uk/Biography
http://www.colourbox.com/preview/3359902-75574-venetian-blinds-on-the-window-and-dusk-behind.jpg • People still dying
• No prayers or mournings • Flowers make people feel sympathy for the
younger generation • Wraps up poem
• Every day people die, every dusk the blinds go down • Younger generation growing up
• Horrors of war