Wilfred Owen Poetry Analysis Essay

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Register to read the introduction…There is almost a tone of surrender in it as we will discover further on in this analysis. Where Owen usually mentions many an aspect of war in this poem there is no obvious notion. When reading this poem, we know who wrote it and what period it is about, imagine for a moment a clean slate in your mind and read the poem without any perceived notions or alleged knowledge and you will be happily surprised by the beauty and warmth Owen generated with this poem and the almost Biblical grace it…show more content…
It features Owen 's often famed pararhyme –sun, sown; star, stir; tall, toil – which disturbs the natural rhythm and gives the poem a slightly tortured mood. When read aloud it demands to be read slow, with emphasis on the last syllables of every line, giving it a melodic yet slightly off metre which adds to the puzzlement the narrator finds himself in. He wonders aloud about the essence of life and finds answers in his own contemplations. The metre allows the poem to be read almost as a monologue of sorts instead of a piece of poetry, by no means diminishing the power of the poem.
The title Futility represents the senseless battle of people against fate. In this poem the sun is represented as this benevolent source with almost God-like qualities and even he is unable to resurrect our protagonist.
Move him into the sun—
With the opening of the poem a picture is painted of the poem’s main protagonist to be out of the sun currently, to be in the cold. The words “move him” suggest that he is unable to stir of his own accord and will need help in doing so. It also speaks of the hope that the sun will be able to awaken him if only we move him into its rays.
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields
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