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Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is one of the most famous
English poets to emerge from the First World War. He
was born on the borders of England and Wales and
was interested in becoming a poet from an early age.
War broke out in 1914 and he joined the army the
following year, aged 18. Before long he had to return
to England to get treatment for shell-shock.
Futility reflects this sudden change from patriotic
hope to despair.…read more
Structure and Form
The poem has 14 lines, like a sonnet, but isn't
structured like one
The two stanzas are used to outline the poems change
The poem has half rhyme, which gives off a sense of
broken harmony beneath a seemingly strong surface…read more