AQA Anthology: Conflict: Futility

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  • Created on: 23-05-12 09:36

Futility by Wilfred Owen. Wilfred Owen (18-93-1918) was born in Shropshire to an English and Welsh family and was best known for his war poems written, whilst he served in the trenches in World War One.

The poem is about an injured, probably dead, soldier. It's set in France, during the First World War. The poet questions what the point is of life being created, if it can be destroyed so easily. 

The form: the poet mainly uses half rhyme, rather than full rhyme, which makes the poem seem less formal and more conversational.

The structure: each stanzas begins with a command. The first stanza is a practical instruction about how to help the soldier. In the second stanza, the language becomes more philosophical, as the poet considers whether creation is worthwhile, when life can…




Hope you write some more "grace" because that was so HELPFUL!!!


Paul Dutton


A handy set of notes for this poem.  A good structure to aid revision.