In Wilfred Owen’s poem, Anthem for Doomed Youth(pg 161), Owen describes the terrors of young girls and boy. These children are scared and have no idea what is to come of them. As of now there is nothing that they can do to change their fate that has been bestowed upon them. With eyes that “shine the holy shimmers of goodbyes.” these innocent children show their terror in a situation that they cannot control. Much like the Over the Top, 1st Artists’ Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917, by John Northcote Nash, enthralls the notion of being put in situation that sets their fate and is out of their control. The men in the piece of art are climbing out of a trench to fight their enemy. These eighty men do not know that their fight was a distraction so that a bomb raid could take place elsewhere. Out of these men that put their lives on the line for their country, only twelve returned home, including John Nash.
“Anthem for Doomed Youth” by William Owen, (pg 161)
“Over the Top, 1st Artists’ Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917” by John
Northcote Nash, (C3)