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Poetry about Conflict: 'Futility'

In this worksheet, students develop their understanding of poetry by answering questions on Wilfred Owen's poem 'Futility'.

'Poetry about Conflict: 'Futility'' worksheet

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QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will help you develop your understanding of poetry.

Read the following poem written by Wilfred Owen (1893–1918), a soldier, in the trenches of World War One. 

 

 

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Futility


Move him into the sun -

Gently its touch awoke him once,

At home, whispering of fields unsown.

Always it woke him, even in France,

Until this morning and this snow.

If anything might rouse him now

The kind old sun will know.

 

Think how it wakes the seeds, -

Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.

Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,

Full-nerved - still warm - too hard to stir?

Was it for this the clay grew tall?

- O what made fatuous sunbeams toil

To break earth's sleep at all?

Hope - stock photo

 

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