Themes in Anthem of the Doomed Youth
The poem ‘anthem of the doomed youth’ by Wilfred Owen makes people feel angry, sadness and sorrow about the death of soldiers in war. The poem does this by using visual senses that help the reader understand the unpleasantness of war and death of the soldiers. It makes people feel sad because the soldiers where not brought back to be properly berried but instead they where left to rot in the muddy battlefield, while more soldier where killed next to them. The reader feels sorrow for the dead soldiers family who do not get the funeral and cemetery ceremonies in their hometown where there family can mourn the loss, this loss and grief will last forever. Instead they are lying where they died never properly laid to rest but on the battlefield where solders run over them as shells whistle and gunshot boom. The poem reminds the readers that war is a horrid place that is nosy and where many lives are lost who will never make it home to be with there family’s or buried in there home country.
Message of Anthem of the Doomed Youth
The poem conveys a message that war is wrong and that it should not be encouraged. It tells the reader of the horrors of war, the unpleasantness and of what happens to the solders who died. This gives the audience a message that war should never happen again and that it is a horrific experience and that people die. Many were not buried or laid to rest in a peaceful place but instead they where buried on the muddy grounds of the battlefield.