Poems on War I
Anthem for Doomed Youth
My Dreams are of a Field Afar
1. Do you feel these three poems develop the notion of disillusionment and a certain disenchantment ? How do the poets employ various methods in each of the aforementioned poems?
2. In Lines 1-4 , Sassoon employs alliteration, rhyme, rhythm and assonance to present the landscape. How does he achieve the desired effect?
3.There is a sudden shift in the tone in the middle of line 4 in Attack. What does it lead to?
4.When does a sense of disarray and confusion sets in the poem? To what extent this sense of loss continue?
- ‘ And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists,/ Flounders in mud.O Jesus, make it stop!’
- ‘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.’
6. Compare the titles of the war poems of Housman and Owen.
7.The Octave of Anthem for Doomed Youth presents a death and a subsequent funeral offered. Identify the tone of the speaker towards it.