Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen p.188

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

–Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

Only the stuttering riffles’ rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.”

The poem Anthem  for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen is extremely vivid and uses a lot of sensory words that give the poem a deeper meaning.    Wilfred Own uses sensory words such as stuttering and rapid rattle.  The first sentence of the excerpt is saying that everyone is being killed like cattle which means that they are being killed in large hordes the way cattle are killed for their meat.  The second line is saying how the guns are constantly shooting and sound and look as though they are angry.  The third line has a ton of sensory words in them.  For instance it states stuttering riffles and rapid rattle which makes you imagine how quickly the guns are shooting and the enormous amount of guns that are being shot.  The last sentence is saying “Can patter out their hasty orisons” which patter out means the gunfire is overwhelming the sound of their foes orisons which means prayers.


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