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Dolce Et Decorum Et
THEMES:
• The young betrayal of older people
• The sacrifices in which they had to make
• The pity of the war
Anthem for Doomed Youth
THEMES:
• Sonnet – ironic
• Betrayal of these people
• Loss of lives
• Funeral ceremonies being denied of these people
• There is not glory at war – these people die at war
• Lies are being told to them
TECHNIQUES:
• Rhetorical question at the start of the stanzas which engage the readers to take into account what is denied of these solders
• Onomatopoeia – “stuttering riffles rapid rattle”: staccato rhyme mimics the sounds in a battle field, “shrill demented choirs of wailing shells”: talking about how the norm has been upended and there is nothing glorious about the war – it is filled with only horror and pity
• Personification – “only the monstrous anger of the guns”: personifying guns as they are raised as the forces of destruction and this highlights the waste of life
• Repetition – “only”: stressing that this is all they have which also shows the way in which they die
• Sound imagery – “and bugles calling for them form sad shires”
• Alliteration – “shall shin the holy glimmers of goodbyes
• Rhyming couplet – “mind” and “blinds”
• Assonance: the repetition of vows – “doomed youth”
Futility
AIM:
• Poem talking about the absence of god in war
MOOD:
• Dull, bitter, angry, frustrated
• Stresses the bitterness and the frustration the persona who’s man has died
• Sadness is shown although some hope in the sun is expressed
• The first few lines evoke hope: “move him into the sun” – this shows how there was hope in the sun to be able to revive this person as the sun is responsible for giving us life on earth
• There is personification of the sun that it nurtures
1ST STANZA:
• The sun is kind and omnipresent: “gentle touch”
2ND STANZA:
• The tone becomes more bitter
• “fields…...

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