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War poem analysis The soldier and anthem for doomed youth The theme in the soldier’ is power, you can tell this because in the poem the author talks about the better side to the war and how it would be a great achievement to die whilst fighting for your country, how it would be an honor to die for England and also what he would want if he were to die, for example ‘in hearts at peace, under an English heaven’ is talking about once the war was over there would be peace. It is also suggesting that England is like heaven and that England is a very powerful amount to be fighting for.

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However in ‘anthem for doomed youth’ portrays the war from a very different aspect. It tells us more about what the war would have been like and probably the more truthful side to the war. It states that the war was a horrible place to be, and it suggests that if you were to die during the war you would have an ugly, painful death. In the poem it quotes What passing – bells for these who die as cattle? Which could be conveying that people were treated like animals, being kept in horrific conditions with barely enough food and drink to go around.

Anthem for doomed youth’ tells us there were not many sounds apart from the gunshots, it states the monstrous anger of the guns’ and the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle’. The plot in the soldier’ communicates that men were happy to die for their country, felling as though by dying it would honor their country. In the poem it uses the word ‘heaven’ which describes England as a heavenly place to be and that it is a patriotic place to be, whereas ‘anthem for doomed youth’ advises us that young men were being killed y the other countries and how there were many legitimate young men were being barbarically, ferociously murdered.

It could also represent the violence in the war and most probably the reality of the war. The imagery in the soldier’ displays personification throughout the poem for example, thoughts by England’ because England can’t actually think because it is not a human being, also ‘her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day these for the same reasons; England isn’t alive, cannot dream, see or hear or be happy. It appears there is a simile in the same poem dreams happy as her day I can tell this is a simile by the use of the word ‘as’ because it is telling us that something is like/as something else. The monstrous anger of the guns’ is personification because guns cannot be angry; another example of this is Wailing shells’. Other examples of imagery in both poems sibilance and alliteration, from the soldier’ foreign field’ -alliteration, ‘sights and sounds’ -sibilance also from ‘anthem for doomed youth’ ‘rifles rapid rattle’ -alliteration, ‘sad shires’ -sibilance. By Dulcet Livens war poem analysis By delinquencies

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