He draws on his growing knowledge of the atrocities of war.Wilfred Owen 1893 -1918 is considered to be a major war poet.The next line, Only the stuttering rifles rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons.
He was awarded the Military Cross for exceptional bravery in the field and was killed by machine gun fire in November 1918, just before the Armistice. Siegfried Sassoon completed Owen’s Collected Poems in 1920.
He died before the book of poetry in which he planned to show the subject of … They stand as a tragic memorial to his early death.
The question, What passing bells for these who die as cattle?
is asking what bells are rung for the soldiers who die as cattle on the battlefields of WWI. The question is answered by comparing a death on the battlefield to a ‘normal’ peacetime death.
These descriptions are found in the first verse and they help to paint the picture, through appealing to the sense of hearing, of what horror and devastation awaits the ‘boys’ on arrival at the front line.
In Anthem for Doomed Youth there is a question at the beginning of each stanza, which is then answered in the rest of the stanza. The first verse explains how war is hell on earth and many deaths are dealt with unemotionally, there being no time for such weakness.Also explore the previous three drafts of the poem, comparing and contrasting them with the final copy.Anthem For Doomed Youth was written by Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart, a military hospital in Scotland to which he was sent deeply shellshocked from his experiences on the front line in France during the First World War.He served in, amongst others, the Manchester regiment despite his delicate health and was invalided home from France after five months with his nerves shattered.He was coincidently sent to the same hospital as Siegfried Sassoon upon whom he came to rely.The adjective monstrous is used because it makes the guns appear bigger than they actually are.It is also quite ironic that Owen is linking guns and weapons of destruction with religious ideas.Owen is comparing a peace-time funeral with the treatment the dead received during WWI.The content of the poem describes the younger soldiers, mainly “boys” who are marching to the front line where they will most probably meet their death.Returning to battle at the Front, his letters to his mother reveal his inner struggle, I came out in order to help these boys; directly, by leading them as well as an officer can: indirectly, by watching their sufferings that I may speak of them as well as a pleader can.Towards the end he wrote, my senses are charred: I don’t take the cigarette out of my mouth when I write Deceased over their letters.