Wilfred Owen and Richard Aldington both mention gun violence in the first stanza of their poem’s “Anthem for Doomed Youth” and “Machine Guns”. The speaker of the poems could be attempting to distinguish the type of remorse that is inflicted in time of War from anything else. In order for this to be achieved they mention the shooting of guns. However, Owen’s refers to soldiers that have died: “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? / Only the monstrous anger of the guns”(1-2). Meanwhile Aldington, in present tense, states “Gold sparks/ where the fierce bullet strikes the stone”(4-5). This is significant because by Owen’s referring to soldiers who are already dead a sense of hope seems lost. This line is remorseful because these young soldiers can only have honor now, and not even that is achievable when they are like one of many, “cattle”. Aldington by referring to the shooting of guns in present tense it is as if we were there. He even writes, “Each side, behind, in front of us”(Line 3), when referring to the gold sparking off the stones. Hence Aldington is inviting us into the scene and into a whole different type of soldier. This soldier unlike the deceased ones in Owens’ poem bears some hope but it is “foolish”. It is even possible that the soldier from Aldington’s poem once dead becomes the one from Owen’s poem. This is why life in both poems is given great importance, mainly because people might think that if a solder dies its honorable, which is not always the case.

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