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1
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Anthem For Doomed Youth

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Willfred Owen
Written while recovering from then effects of shell shock in Craiglockhart Hospital
Influenced by fellow patient Siegfried Sassoon

2
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Form

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Sonnet- Lamenting the loss of life on the Western From WW1
Follows the conventions of a Petrarchan sonnet with Owen choosing to divide the stanza into octave and sestet
But follows rhyme scheme of Shakespearian sonnet

3
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Half rhyme in the in the first stanza:

“Guns / orisons”

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Radical and jarring feature, it heightens the mocking quality of the implied relationship between gunshot and prayer

4
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“The stuttering rifles”

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The hard dental consonants of the onomatopoeic ‘stuttering’ mimics the sound of machine guns