futility

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  • Created on: 15-05-13 17:11
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  • futilty
    • context
      • joined army
      • returned to England gfor treatment for shell shock
      • wrote some of best known poems in trenches
      • killed a week before peace was declared
      • celebrated for bravery
      • influenced by seigfried Sassoon in hospital
    • imagery and language
      • title very blunt simple and strong
      • imagery
        • key image is the sun
          • 1 positive force
    • structure and form
      • 14 lines like a sonnet
      • not structured like a sonnet
      • 2 7 line stanzas reflecting change in mood
        • hope and confidence to despair
      • move him into the sun , action, still alive
    • ideas and themes and attutudes
  • did not see war as attempt to free Belgium
  • poet is very clear and straightforward
  • bleak realism of grief and anger
  • soft motherly voice - genly, rouse whispering
    • kind and old sun
  • 2 sun becomes negative
  • cold star - cold oxymoron
  • no feelings even if warm
    • does not care ,creates life to watch it die
  • sounds
  • half rhymes, once france
    • ful rhymes at ends of stanzas
      • broken harmony beneath seemingly strong surface
  • pattern of rhymes that are not exact
  • elegy - to remember someone who has died
    • normally to remember great deeds of the dead
      • in contrast, short and compact with nothing to celebrate
        • no hope anywhere
          • life is futile
            • elegy for mankind
  • in contrast, short and compact with nothing to celebrate
    • no hope anywhere
      • life is futile
        • elegy for mankind
  • anger comes from personal knowledge of deads man's peaceful past
    • metaphors to describe this, more powerful
  • soliders being cut down in battle like harvest time
  • no  conclusions - futile
    • angry about war, sun and WHOLE OF CREATION
  • anger expressed in series of rhetorical questions

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