Wilfred Owne

English Speech


Good afternoon fellow students and teachers, today I will be talking about ‘The ways Wilfred Owen draws me into the world of his poems’. Wilfred Owen was an English poet and solider, and is regarded as one of the leading poets of the First World War. Owens poetry acted as a release from the terrors of warfare and to help him cope with the horrific events he saw each day. Most of his poems main theme or message is ‘the pity of war’.
Through Owen’s use of language techniques he has been able to provide the reader an insight and image into the great loss and waste war can bring upon us. Two of Owen’s poem’s which I believe allow the reader to see these themes are ‘Futility’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum est’.

Body A

Wilfred Owens poem ‘Futility’ is about a solider that cannot believe that his comrade has frozen to death due to the cold night. The solider believes that by moving him into the sun his friend can be revived. This is because he sees the sun as a miracle worker, a healing agent. The speaker is seen to be in denial and shock. He reasons that the sun has been able to prove it’s potency before so why can’t it resuscitate his friend now. Owen makes the audience thinks about the role played by the sun in the creation of the world, how the sun makes things grow. The reader is made to believe that if the sun could do this, then surely it can “wake up” one lone solider.

In Futility, as with many of his other poems, Owen sees war as nothing but a meaningless butchery of human lives. He sees war as a way of snatches away some promising lives that were once created by the kind, gentle, old-wise Sun. Through out he poem the sun is seen through use of metaphors, as the great creator that once made the 'cold star' full of life. The cold star is seen as the earth before the sun brought life to it, with the sun being a metaphor for God, as it is seen as kind, gentle, old-wise sun.

The two stanzas in the poem represent the different...