Is there a pattern to the imagery in "Anthem for Doomed Youth"?

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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There is a progression of images in the poem, all having to do with those who are left behind—family, sweethearts, parents. The “holy glimmers of good-byes” suggests how light from altar candles shines in the tear-filled eyes of those who mourn. The grief of sweethearts is suggested by the “pallor of girls’ brows.” The consolations of philosophy and the privacy of grief are brought out by the “tenderness of patient minds” and the “drawing-down of blinds.” All the images share in depicting the unutterable grief of those whose loved ones are now dead.

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senthuraan | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

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the whole poem is imaginary worked--family, sweethearts, parents. The “holy glimmers of good-byes” suggests how light from altar candles shines in the tear-filled eyes of those who mourn. The grief of sweethearts is suggested by the “pallor of girls’ brows.” The consolations of philosophy and the privacy of grief are brought out by the “tenderness of patient minds” and the “drawing-down of blinds.” All the images share in depicting the unutterable grief of those whose loved ones are now dead.

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