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- Anthem for Doomed Youth Wilfred Owen
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- Do Now: Your Generation a) Provide 2-3 aspects of society today that will impact positively on the future of your generation. Explain your answers. b) Provide 2-3 aspects of society today that will impact negatively on the future of your generation. Explain your answers.
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- The old man told me I could never understand the enthusiasm to join up in the first world war. It was the feeling of national pride of King and country. You must have seen the tens of thousands waiting outside the recruiting offices on the old films, they wanted to have a crack at the Hun. Propaganda in many forms was rife and found its target in a worried and angry people on both German and British sides. Propaganda may be described as information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
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- World War One Propaganda Posters This poster was designed by the British government. It was placed in public places such as railway stations. It was designed to encourage men to enlist in the army to fight in World War One. The old man told me I could never understand the enthusiasm to join up in the first world war. It was the feeling of national pride of King and country. You must have seen the tens of thousands waiting outside the recruiting offices on the old films, they wanted to have a crack at the Hun. Propaganda in many forms was rife and found its target in a worried and angry people on both German and British sides.
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- War Propaganda (Hun was a word used to describe a German soldier.) Wilfred Owens poetry is often critical of the English Government for the propaganda it produced to promote the World War One. What might he consider misleading about these two posters?
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- Jingoism Jingoism is chauvinistic patriotism. In practice, it refers to sections of the general public who advocate bullying other countries or using whatever means necessary (usually military force) to safeguard a country's national interests.
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- Anthem for the Doomed Youth Listen to the poem being read aloud and complete the following tasks: Make a list of the key issues that Wilfred Owen is exploring in this poem What is your favourite line of the poem.? Explain why. How does this poem link to what you already know about Wilfred Owens experiences at war? Share your ideas with your group
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- Anthem of Doomed Youth Wilfred Owen's poem, "Anthem for Doomed Youth" (1917), is a sensitive expression of the sadness and futility (uselessness) which arise as a result of the death of young men on the battlefield. This theme stemmed from Owen's own experiences with shell shock as a soldier on the frontlines during World War One. In order to express his theme, Owen mixes the chaotic, explosive images of a battle with the sad, calm images of a funeral. A Student Sample
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- Homework Read the notes provided on Anthem for Doomed Youth and use these to add annotations to your copy of the poem Please have this completed by tomorrow
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- Do Now Write down two interesting things you learned about the poem, Anthem for Doomed Youth from your reading last night.
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- Have your daily dosage of the medicinal Vocabulary Inflator! Terms in Anthem for Doomed Youth Anthem: song of praise, national hymn Doomed: to destine or condemn to death or a terrible fate Orisons: prayer Mockeries: to ridicule or show scorn or contempt Choir: organised group of singers Shrill: emitting a sharp and high pitched sound Demented: mad, insane Wailing: a prolonged high pitched mournful cry or sound Shires: a rural district having its own local council Pallor: to have an unnaturally pale condition, the whiteness of the skin Brow: the part of the face from the eyes to the hairline; forehead; appearance Pall: the cloth used in religious ceremonies, often used to cover coffins or the Eucharist
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- The Summary
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- Trench Fever Written at Craiglockhart, a war hospital where Owen was rested for 4 months after contracting Trench fever, this poem was probably inspired by the casualties he saw each day as young, dead faces passed from his sight daily and his experiences on the battlefield. Though it has been edited and reworked several times, it is considered one of his masterpieces.
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- In this sonnet, Owen angrily argues that war is pitiful. He states his claim against the meaningless slaughter of young men in the war as he exposes that they die like animals, without any ritual to mark their death. Interestingly Owen uses the word mockeries to represent the word rituals. *What do you think he is trying to say about the way people mourn for the dead? In the poem his anger is evident as he questions the ceremonies for the dead soldiers and argues that war causes the loss of an entire generation of young men, hence the phrase doomed youth in the title. *Is Owen really upset that the soldiers do not have religious rituals to mark their death?
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- This poem illustrates the madness (shrill, demented choirs), the futility ( die as cattle) and brutality ( of war, going beyond its terrible effects on the battlefields to describe the grief of the loved ones left behind (pallor of girls brows). Furthermore, it also implies that the war will be the ruin of society through the word doomed in the title and the ignorance of those who continue to ignore the truth of war (drawing-down of blinds) and glorify war.
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- His Structure
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- Sonnet The term "sonnet" derives from the Italian word "sonetto," meaning "little song." By the thirteenth century, it had come to signify a poem of fourteen lines that follows a strict rhyme scheme and logical structure. The conventions associated with the sonnet have evolved over its history. The writers of sonnets are known as "sonneteers."
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- The poem was written in the form of an Italian Sonnet, and thus it has fourteen lines which are divided into an octave (eight lines) and a sestet (six lines). (Please note: Owen does not use the conventional Italian sonnet rhyme scheme.) Italian Sonnet
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- The Style
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- Elegy Elegy: a poem of mourning, from the Greek elegos, a reflection on the death of someone or on a sorrow generally. In addition, an elegy may be a type of musical work, usually in a sad and somber attitude. It is not to be confused with a eulogy.
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- Questions Complete the questions from the worksheet TEE- Table
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- In what ways does the poet draw you into the world of the poetry? Essay Question: Make a list of at least five steps you would take to plan your essay.
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- Steps Decode the question Restate the question Construct a thesis Decide which examples to use Decide which techniques I will be highlighting Outline my essay. (Using a tree?)
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- In what ways does the poet draw you into the world of the poetry? Deconstruct the question: Draw: interest captivate attract pull in engage awareness What is the world of his poetry? His world: Soldiers, War, Suffering, Death, True Experiences of War, His indignation of war
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- Thesis Points What is captivating about this poem? a)It is a lament for the soldiers whose lives were unnecessarily lost.
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- In what ways does the poet draw you into the world of the poetry? Restate the question: Wilfred Owen draws the reader into the world of his poetry by expressing his indignation of those who falsely promote war. Wilfred Owen is able to captivate readers, by exposing the horrific experiences soldiers had on the battlefield. Wilfred Owen engages readers by conveying the futility of war, through subtle reminders of what should matter to the youth of a nation.
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- Broad Thesis Point Wilfred Owens Poetry sought to expose the horrific realities of war to those at home in England.
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- Introduction : Wilfred Owen lived and wrote poetry during the first world war. His poem, Anthem for Doomed Youth is a lament for the soldiers whose lives were unnecessarily lost during this time. He was a soldier on the front lines and desperately sought to expose the horrific realities of war to those at home in England. This poem attempts to exposes these realities why discussing
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- The following messages were sent by Wilfred Owen in his three poems, The Send-off, Dulce et Decorum Est, and Anthem for Doomed Youth. Copy the messages and decide which poems best support this thesis. Wilfred Owen expresses his indignation of war. In war, soldiers experience tremendous and ongoing suffering. War is futile, as the sheer waste of life is not acceptable. Wilfred Owen is critical of those who glorify war. The horrors of war are vile and the outcome devastating.
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- How can you make this thesis point more sophisticated? Wilfred Owen captivates readers by exposing the horrific experiences soldiers have in war and by revealing his personal indignation towards combat.
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- Wilfred Owen captivat