|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.