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Anthem For Doomed Youth

Rating: 3.8

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
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Jim Cunningham 06 November 2010

This poem had an 8.5 rating among readers here-this is the poet who also penned the incredible Dulce et Decorum...how does a poem as powerful and well crafted as this get an 8.5 when I have seen lots of pablum about 'love' written by unknowns get a 10? ? Beats the heck out of me.

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Sylva Portoian 16 December 2010

Dec16,2010 I never knew about this young poet: “Wilfred Owen” His stanzas drizzle from bleeding heaven of WWI. But I know about Armenian Genocide Our pains and tragedies That still stays unrecognized By British and United States- Those democratic parliaments seem civilized In many eyes but never Ours! Count the days passed...! I call Wilfred Owen The John Keats who wanted to silence wars If he was alive... probably could forced the British To recognize the Armenian Genocide 'One man can do many things in life more than selfish many' Sylva

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Paul Anthony 29 November 2012

The stupidity of war. And the sadness of it. So so sad

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Jack Burman 06 November 2012

I see it as the young soldiers' resignation to their fate.

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Tuffsnotenuff Y''all 23 April 2012

Maybe you have to miss dying by a few foot-pounds of impact force to write something like this. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall... and shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells - singular extensions to the language. Worthy of Homer.

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Bill Cantrell 07 August 2019

One of the best poems I have ever read, how very great the expressions encapsulates the feel of the moment...oh how I wish today’s poetry had this depth

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Britte Ninad 08 July 2019

such a great writing; beautiful poem- Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;

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Edward Kofi Louis 29 November 2018

The monstrous anger of the guns! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 29 November 2018

This is beautiful poem on war having touching expression and nice collocation.

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Matthew Holloway 29 November 2018

a fantastic poem for such hopeless and tragic circumstance

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