ANTHEM1FOR DOOMED YOUTH(the title is CONTRAST OF IMAGERY= CELEBRATION OF DEAD CHILDREN)Comment by Sophie: Song of celebration - hymnComment by Sophie: Hopeless about to die - Comment by Sophie: Innocence - children
What passing-bells*for these who die as cattle?Comment by Sophie: Euphemism for deathComment by Sophie: Simile cattle to the slaughterhouse
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.Comment by Sophie: Personification represents that even the guns are angry to be at war
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattleComment by Sophie: Alliteration creates a sound image which echoes the sound of the constant gun fire
Can patter outtheir hasty orisons*.Comment by Sophie: prayers
No mockeriesnow for them; no prayers nor bells*;Comment by Sophie: metaphor mockeries stands for sarcasm or mocking which is often part of a eulogy at a funeral to lighten the mood.
Nor any voice of mourning* save the choirs*,
The shrill, dementedchoirs of wailing* shells;
And buglescalling for them from sad shires.
What candlesmay be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallorof girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow duska drawing-down of blinds
1. *passing bellsorisonsprayers or bellsmourningchoirs = lexical chain (word chain) creates a recurring motif of a religious funeral
2. The poem is sonnet* which was, traditionally, a poem which was written to express love and beauty. It is ironic that Own chose to write such a disturbing subject in the form of a sonnet.
3. * A sonnet is a poem which has:
i. 14 lines
ii. The first 8 lines is called an OCTET
iii. The second 6 lines is called a SESTET
iv. The final two lines (within the SESTET) is called a RHYMING COUPLET
The focus or images in the OCTET is different to the focus or the images of the SESTET.Comment by Sophie: In ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH the octet is focused on the dismal experience of the soldiers in the battlefield.Comment by Sophie: In ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH the sestet is focused on the mourning families back home. The families who are unable to give their loved ones a proper church funeral