Irony In 'Anthem For Doomed Youth' By Wilfred Owen

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1. Brief introduction
“Anthem for Doomed Youth” is a sonnet written by Wilfred Owen during the World War I. It is a traditional war poetry which builds a contrast between the mourning rituals and the brutal warfare. The writer shows his hatred of the warfare and sympathy for the soldiers who died during the unjust war.

“The Diameter of the Bomb” is written by Yehuda Amichai, who is an Israel modern poet. The poetry is written in the dispassionate view by describing the physical capacity of the bomb and the much larger emotional and spiritual impact it can bring to the human beings. The writer shows

2. The attitude of the writers and how it is conveyed in the poem
Antiwar is the main idea of the writers of both two poems. The warfare which caused by human also brings many disasters back to the human world. It caused thousands of youngsters’ death and separations of thousands of families. Even god and belief cannot save the soldiers’ lives, so both two writers write how terrible the wars are and how big effects the wars can bring to people’s minds. They try to appeal to stop the wars by writing these anti-war poetries. Several literary techniques are used in the poetry to emphasize their attitudes.

1) Anthem for Doomed Youth
i. Irony and contrast:
In the Anthem of Doomed Youth, the irony is used to make the title as the meaning of the “anthem” is the same as the paean, but it may mean the elegy here. We cannot find any words about praise in this poetry, so the use of
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