Futility Flashcards


Flashcards for the poem Futility by Wilfred Owen from AQA's poetry cluster: Conflict
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What is the poem Futility about? The poem is about an injured, probably dead soldier.
Where is it set? It's set in France during the First World War.
What does the poet question about life in the poem? The poet questions what the point of life being created if it can be destroyed so easily.
What makes the poem seem less formal and more conversational? The fact that the poet uses mainly half-rhymes (like "seeds" and "sides") rather than full rhymes.
What does each stanza begin with? Each stanza begins with a command.
What is the first stanza a practical instruction about? The first stanza is a practical instruction about how to help the soldier.
What does the language become in the second stanza? In the second stanza the language becomes more philosophical as the poet considers whether creation is worthwhile when life can be ended so quickly.
How does the poet use a mixture of past and present tenses? The poet uses a mixture of past and present tenses to show the contrast between the soldier's life at home and his current situation.
What do the repeated references to waking emphasise? The repeated references to waking emphasise the contrast between awake and alive and being paralysed or dead.
How is nature personified? Nature is personified as powerful but helpless in the face of war.
Why does the language in the poem become more Biblical and philosophical? The language becomes more Biblical and philosophical as the poet reflect on what has happened.
What does the reader feel when the poet addresses the reader directly? It makes the reader feel more emotionally involved with the poem.
What does the poem contain that challenges the reader to think about why the soldier's life has been wasted? The poem contains commands and questions.
What emotion is shown when the poet uses a kind and respectful to to talk about the soldier? Sympathy. The poet is sympathetic to the soldier.
What is the poet angry and frustrated about? The poet feels bitter about the waste of life caused by war, and frustrated at the pointlessness of creating life for it to be destroyed by war.
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