Wilfred Owen

(1893-1918 / Shropshire / England)

Anthem For Doomed Youth

Poem by Wilfred Owen

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.


Comments about Anthem For Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

  • Bill CantrellBill Cantrell (8/7/2019 9:43:00 PM)

    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(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (7/8/2019 3:30:00 AM)

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

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (11/29/2018 12:32:00 PM)

    The monstrous anger of the guns! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/29/2018 6:57:00 AM)

    This is beautiful poem on war having touching expression and nice collocation.(Report)Reply

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  • Matthew Holloway (11/29/2018 4:37:00 AM)

    a fantastic poem for such hopeless and tragic circumstance(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (11/29/2018 1:08:00 AM)

    lovely penned -

    Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
    And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds

    /// like it(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (11/29/2018 12:47:00 AM)

    Such a great write about war by Wilfred Owen..............(Report)Reply

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  • yolololo (11/28/2018 8:49:00 AM)

    uslpyybdoyslpawwidnlyidnciylmonusnb(Report)Reply

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  • anonimous (11/28/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    I feel a little bit touched by this poem but its sounds a little bit like a female robot x(Report)Reply

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  • belllayton12 (11/28/2018 8:43:00 AM)

    good poem sounds a little bit robotic(Report)Reply

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  • Bob michel (11/27/2018 12:19:00 PM)

    This site is dumb and pretty shit to be onest.(Report)Reply

    Nick Hall(1/25/2019 1:53:00 AM)

    I think you mean *honest

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  • Timothy GoodmansenTimothy Goodmansen (11/25/2018 12:39:00 AM)

    I think this resonates with a lot of people nobody really sees us when we are at our most open.(Report)Reply

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  • kieran (11/5/2018 6:23:00 AM)

    these poems are great because they tell u about war(Report)Reply

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  • kieran (11/5/2018 6:21:00 AM)

    these poems are great to tell u about war(Report)Reply

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  • kieran (11/5/2018 6:20:00 AM)

    these poems are great because it tells u about war(Report)Reply

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  • Cleopatra (5/20/2018 9:55:00 PM)

    ! ! I can't understand any of this!
    I think it's being a metaphor of challenges in life.(Report)Reply

    Macshugie(11/4/2018 1:09:00 PM)

    Are you really that dumb!

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  • Nathan (3/22/2018 2:52:00 AM)

    Had always heard mention of this poet. But actually reading his poems. Blows me away.(Report)Reply

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  • cory. W (2/6/2018 6:07:00 AM)

    this is so sad but true! !(Report)Reply

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  • JEPH THE PHAT BOI (11/28/2017 6:13:00 PM)

    THIS POEM IS NOT 4 ME(Report)Reply

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  • Evan MacEwen (11/11/2017 12:05:00 AM)

    As true now as it was then hint hint ...... hint.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Thursday, June 30, 2011


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