Explore the ways in which Owen shows you the futility of war in his poems

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'Explore the ways in which Owen shows you the futility of war in his poems'

Wilfred Owen was brought up in a very devout household, but it wasn't until he left his mother's house that he became skeptical of the role that the Church played in society. Owen enlisted in the January of 1917 and fought in the Battle of Somme, which was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. The battle was one of the largest of World War One in which over 1 million men were wounded or killed making it one of humanity's bloodiest battles, until he suffered shell shock, and was sent to Craiglockhart hospital to recover in May of 1917. While in the hospital, he met Siegfried Sassoon, a fellow poet, who influenced much of Owen's later poetry. While in the hospital Owen experienced horrible nightmares due to the shell shock, and he would use these dreams as inspiration for his poetry.

One image plagued his dreams, which was the idea that war was a sort of "mouth of hell," and it was this image that inspired Owen's poem 'Strange Meeting'.

Wilfred Owen's main objective when writing his poetry is to shed light on the gruesome and horrific reality of being a soldier, which counters the nationalistic propaganda that depict soldiers as honorable, proud, and heroic. Many soldiers came home mentally and physically disabled, which is the exact opposite of what people expected.

The poem 'Futility' opens with an indirect order to move a male body.

"Move him into the sun"

Opening the poem with the word "Move" makes it seem much more personal as if we are there with them. It also sounds like the narrator is emotional...