English GCSE - Futility

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  • Futility - Wilfred Owen
    • What's it about?
      • An injured/dead soldier during WW1 in France. The poet questions the point in life being created to be destroyed so easily.
    • Form
      • Mainly half rhyme is used to make the poem seem less formal.
    • Structure
      • Each stanza begins with a command. The first is a practical instruction  but after that the language becomes more philosophical.
    • Past and present
      • Uses a mixture of tenses to show contrast. Repeated references to waking show the soldier being alive or dead.
    • Personification
      • Nature is shown to be powerful but helpless.
    • Philosophical language
      • Becomes more biblical as the poet reflects on the events.
    • Direct language
      • The reader is addressed directly as the poem contains commands and questions.
    • Sympathy
      • The poet is sympathetic to the soldier.
    • Anger and frustration
      • The poet feels bitter about the waste of the life in war.
    • Comparisons
      • Sadness and loss - The Falling Leaves, Come On Come Back; Effects of conflict - Poppies; Helplessness- Belfast Confetti


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