Attack by Siegfried Sassoon
- Sasoon portrays the realness of war, how it actually was.
- Portrays what happens in the battlefield as if the reader was viewing it through their own eyes.
- Soldiers fought for their country, not knowing how harsh it truly was. he depicts the true nature of war.
- The voice is as soldier who wants the war to come to an end, in the last lines, there is not a clear answer, but an idea of what could have happened.
- The last line, could show the feelings of soldier towards war by ending the poem with a big question mark.
- There are lots of quotes dealing with the idea of soldiers struggling to survive and Jesus as a the protagonist who do not do nothing to make stop the war. The poem tells us the terrific side of war, prolonging it towards death.
- Moreover there are lots of imagery related to men running towards the enemy, running towards their deaths.
- Emotions are also present, making us realized that soldiers were not treated as equal as individuals and many times fear about putting thier lives at risk.
- Imagery is related to the artillery of military tanks and artillery bombardments.
- There is an important phrase “At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun, in the wild purple of the glowering sun” symbolizing the time of the day it elapses and the weather which is described a “glowering sun” giving off much more heat.
Futility by Wilfred Owen
- Poem about an injured, probably dead soldier. It is set in France during the First World War
- Owen questions what the point of life is when being created since it can be destroyed so easaly
- The term and title of the poem “Futility” shows how pointless and worthless war is.
- Futility is Owen’s belief in the worthlessness of both God and war.
- The poet begins talking of a certain “him”. We do not know who he is since he can represent all the soldiers fighting in the war or one specific soldier.
- “Move” suggests he can’t moves himself making readers wondering why.
- The personification of the “Sun” suggests it is tender, gentle and powerful contrasting the brutality of war but helpless in the face of war.
- The poem emphasises a deep contrast between being alive or dead. (Mixture of present and past tenses)
- “Fields half sown” suggets he was a farmer before he had to enlist, implying he had lost potential. Respectful and friendlier tone suggeting kind of sympathy to the brave soldier.
- “France” is mentioned. The First World War settled there.
- Moreover, “snow” seems as a metaphor for a loss of hope.
- Possibly, the repetition of the word “him” implies a reference to a byblical connection, Jesus Christ. Connection between Jesus sacrificing for humanity and soldiers sacrificing for their nations.
- Hope has been lost, soldier is not able to return to home (dying). Life is futible due to war. Death is inevitable.
In this illustration, the mighty and fearful tanks creep upon the trenches and make the enemies tremble.
In this illustration, the soldier is beaten to the dirt, by exhaustion, fear and weakness.