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‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’

Wilfred Owen

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Re-drafting the poem

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Re-drafting the poem

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The Final Draft – or is it?

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Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as What passing-bells for these who die as

cattle?cattle?

- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattleOnly the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor

bells;bells;

Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing The shrill, demented choirs of wailing

shells;shells;

And bugles calling for them from sad shires.And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

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Anthem for Doomed Youth

What candles may be held to speed them What candles may be held to speed them

all?all?

Not in the hands of boys but in their eyesNot in the hands of boys but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-

byes.byes.

The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient Their flowers the tenderness of patient

minds,minds,

And each slow dusk a drawing-down of And each slow dusk a drawing-down of

blinds.blinds.

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Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as What passing-bells for these who die as

cattle?cattle?

- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattleOnly the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor

bells;bells;

Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing The shrill, demented choirs of wailing

shells;shells;

And bugles calling for them from sad shires.And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

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Point

Example

Explain the effect

Answers the question

Usually a quotation

Why has the author chosen to use those words? What is the effect on the audience?

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What passing-bells for these who die as What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?cattle?

Why did Wilfred Owen choose this simile to Why did Wilfred Owen choose this simile to describe the men?describe the men?

Wilfred Owen uses a simile to describe the soldiers dying in battle.

He writes that the soldiers “die as cattle”.

This simile is effective because it shows that Owen feels that the men were dying without dignity and that the amount of men dying was like the number of cattle being slaughtered.

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Onomatopoeia

Personification

Alliteration

is a word which imitates the sound it represents.

e.g. 'splash' sounds similar to the noise of something falling into water.

is the repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighbouring words.

e.g. bouncing ball

is giving human qualities to animals or objects. e.g. a smiling moon; dancing flowers

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Onomatopoeia

Personification

Alliteration

-Only the monstrous anger of the -Only the monstrous anger of the guns.guns.Only the stuttering rifles' rapid Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattlerattleCan patter out their hasty orisons.Can patter out their hasty orisons.

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Personification

OnomatopoeiaMetaphor

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;bells;Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-The shrill, demented choirs of wailing The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;shells;And bugles calling for them from sad And bugles calling for them from sad shires.shires.

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Anthem for Doomed Youth

What candles may be held to speed What candles may be held to speed them all?them all?Not in the hands of boys but in their Not in the hands of boys but in their eyeseyesShall shine the holy glimmers of good-Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.byes.The pallor of girls' brows shall be their The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;pall;Their flowers the tenderness of patient Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,minds,And each slow dusk a drawing-down of And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.blinds.

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Funeral / Death /

Mourning Images

‘choirs’

‘flowers’

‘sad shires’

‘bugles calling’

‘pall’

The poem contains many images related to funerals, death and mourning.

Complete the bubble map by adding all of the funeral images that you can find.

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Funeral / Death /

Mourning Images

‘bells’

‘orisons’

‘prayers’

‘mourning’

‘choirs’

‘sad shires’

‘bugles calling’

‘candles’

‘holy glimmers of good-byes’

‘flowers’

‘pall’

‘drawing down of blinds’

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Point

Example

Explain the effect

Answers the question

Usually a quotation

Why has the author chosen to use those words? What is the effect on the audience?

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How does Owen use death imagery in his poem?

Wilfred Owen uses many images of death, funerals and mourning in the poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’.

Choose 2 examples from the bubble map

Comment on the effect of your choice of examples. Why did Owen choose to use these images? What do they make the reader think of?

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Rhetorical QuestionsRhetorical questions are questions that do not require an answer. They are written to make the reader think about the topic being addressed.

He wrote: ‘What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?’ and He wrote: ‘What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?’ and ‘‘What candles may be held to speed them all?’What candles may be held to speed them all?’

How does Owen use rhetorical questions in ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’?

Owen uses rhetorical questions at the start of each of the two stanzas of the poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’.

Your turn! Why are these two questions effective? What do they make the reader think about / evaluate? What do they tell the reader about the poet’s personal point of view?