This sonnet was completed on, or just before, 25th September 1917 and the final draft, of which there were many, bears several amendments by Siegfried Sassoon, whom Owen had met while both men were at Craiglockhart Military Hospital during that summer. However, Anthem for Doomed Youth, in a different form, was first imagined by Owen as early as September 1916. During the summer of 1918, Owen began to assemble a Table of Contents, in preparation for the publication of his first volume of poetry. In this table, he listed Anthem for Doomed Youth under the title ‘Grief’, which shows his intended theme in this piece. In this poem, Owen urges us to remember the dead and shows how he had come of age as a poet.