It is three O’clock in the morning. I am an owl.
In Owen’s “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” Owen uses a change of location within the poem to indicate the Volta. The octave first describes the scene from on the battlefield, as the young fight and die like “cattle.” Once the final six lines are read, it is shown that the view changes, instead now it is on the home front where people are mourning for the dead. Owen uses this juxtaposition to bring out that this is a sonnet, it leaves the reader in a different place when compared to where they started. It is this contrast and change of scenery that is able to show the two victims of war: the soldiers actually fighting, as well as those loved ones left behind at home, crying and mourning for those that have been lost. Owen also(as stated before by Tyler)uses the title as a form of irony, being that an anthem is celebratory song used on joyous occasions. With this not being a very happy event, the term “anthem” helps Owen show his point of view on war, which when compared to the context of the poem, is not very good.
Love, peace, and chicken grease,