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Futility ­ Wilfred Owen
By Maggie Nicoll, Oliver Franklin, Laura Blakemore Gina Lay,
Fraser McGregor and Sophie Coffey.…read more

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Wilfred Owen's friend and He was first sent to France in
mentor was Siegfried 1917 during winter
Sassoon He was in the trenches
January-April before being
It is thought that the two sent to Edinburgh war hospital
exposed the hardship of He and Sassoon returned to
trench life the trenches
He spent only 4 months in He died 4 November 1918 and
his parents found out a week
war and only 5 weeks on later on Armistice day
the frontline…read more

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War Death
Dead body / wounded soldier Simple everyday things
like the sun still
reminding the soldier of
Over the the terror he experienced
trenches in the war.
Move him into the sun ­
Gently its touch awoke him once, Interrupted
At home, whispering of fields half-sown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow. Memories from
If anything might rouse him now France battle
Early riser
The kind old sun will know.
Change in weather
Melting snow or
place?…read more

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War Death
A reference to how plants need the sun to grow.
Gives a sense of how nature still goes on and
lives in peace, but humans can't.
Think how it wakes the seeds ­
Old Woke once the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear achieved, are sides
Full-nerved, still warm, too hard to stir?
Born to die Was it for this the clay grew tall? Only just died. Persona
­ O what made fatuous sunbeams toil was a witness?
To break earth's sleep at all?
Refers to him as clay/earth Questioning the death. Hindrance to the persona/foolish
which is inpressionable, Not wanting to believe it.
mouldable and has potential.
Maybe someone who died Why live to die?
young and could have done
great things.…read more

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Sophie Elizabeth Coffey


I used this in my Speaking and Listening exam and got full marks.

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