Anthem for doomed youth by wilfred owen about this poet wilfred owen who wrote some of the best british poetry on world war i composed nearly all of his poems in slightly over a year from august 1917 to september 1918 in november 1918 he was killed in action at the age of twenty five one. Anthem for doomed youth poem with notes wilfred owens popular poem of the first world war first world war poetry and poets main index first world war poets anthem 1 for doomed youth a what passing bells 2 for these who die as cattle only the monstrous anger of the guns. Anthem for doomed youth is a sonnet made up of eight plus six lines fourteen an octet and sestet it is traditionally the form used for romance and love as with shakespeare for example but has been experimented with over the years. Anthem for doomed youth employs the traditional form of a petrarchan sonnet but it uses the rhyme scheme of an english sonnet much of the second half of the poem is dedicated to funeral rituals suffered by those families deeply affected by the first world war. Anthem for doomed youth strives to make it impossible for us to ignore those realities and to realize that in the face of all that horror our anthems might ring hollow no matter how much we seek meaning in them
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