Wilfred Owen
Shropshire / England

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.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
Tuesday, December 31, 2002
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COMMENTS
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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Mahtab Bangalee 29 November 2018
lovely penned - Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds /// like it
8 1 Reply
Bernard F. Asuncion 29 November 2018
Such a great write about war by Wilfred Owen..............
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yolololo 28 November 2018
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anonimous 28 November 2018
I feel a little bit touched by this poem but its sounds a little bit like a female robot x
5 4 Reply
belllayton12 28 November 2018
good poem sounds a little bit robotic
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