To what extent do the poems in this selection evoke pity in the reader.

Topics: Rupert Brooke, Death, Poetry Pages: 3 (1121 words) Published: November 2, 2014
There are an abundant number of poems in the selection that do convey the futility of war and some that do not at all. Wilfred Owens 'Futility' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' are examples where pointlessness of war is addressed. On the contrary, 'The Dead' differs with the question given as it exalts the dead and affirms that war is a place where one can die with honour. In the poem 'Futility' by Wilfred Owen, he emphasises that war is pointless and stresses that the soldiers that have died in the war would not come back to life. He illustrates this by comparing nature with life. In the first stanza, Owen personifies the sun and makes it seem like the sun is the one who is waking the soldier up - " Move him into the sun- Gently its touch awoke him once..." This quote from the first stanza contradicts the last stanza as it starts with: "Think how it wakes the seeds - Woke once the clays of a cold star." This verse is implying that one day the sun woke the clays of a cold star - the word 'once' is in the past tense which hints to the reader that the sun, at this point, is a failure to do its duty which is waking the soldier up. Also, when comparing with the first stanza we can evidently see that in the second stanza, the sun has failed to wake that soldier up because of its inability and its degree of power. The rhetorical question, "... too hard to stir?", creates a sense of urge, confusion and perplexity. The use of commas and a question mark between "Are limbs..." and "...too hard to stir?" generates a sense of bleakness and disorientation and makes the narrator feel mystified as to how the sun can accomplish inexplicable things yet cannot waken only one person. Moving on, Wilfred Owen utilises biblical references in order to make the reader think philosophically. "Clay" is referring to mankind. The use of allusion enables the reader to think philosophically as to who created the world and mankind. Owen's use of allusion is very tactful as it enables...
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