Anthem for Doomed Youth Commentary Wilfred Owen
The diction and the actual poetic techniques used in the poem all have strong effects and increase the power of the poem. The poet uses a rhetorical question in the beginning of both sections of the poem. This gives the reader an idea of what the whole section is going to be about, because he answers the questions himself throughout the sections, and then expands his thoughts. Furthermore, by asking the questions, he is questioning war and religion. The poet uses personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia all in just two lines: Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle...'
The fury and evilness of the guns is presented to us with the personification monstrous anger of the guns'. This is important as it basically gives us the lasting impression that guns, or the actual people behind the war are terribly vice, and the guns, or the soldiers are furious. The onomatopoeia stuttering rifles' actually sounds like the guns, so you feel like you are in the battlefield. That feeling is continued, making you feel like there are endless gun shots coming towards you, with the alliteration riles' rapid rattle'. The poet uses alliteration many more times in the poem and creates strong effects: In the eighth line, sad shires', the