Comparison of How Two Poets Present Ideas about Conflict
There are two sides to conflict, the first is the character that causes conflict and the second is the effects of conflict. It may seem that actually causing conflict is the worst part but seeing the effects is catastrophic, and that is what the poem ‘futility’ by Wilfred Owen shows us. The other side of conflict is shown in ‘hawk roosting’ by Ted Hughes; this poem displays the typical character which would cause conflict. These poems seem to be so different but yet they link together and display an insight into conflict.
Within ‘hawk roosting’ the poet repeats pronouns, ‘my’, ‘me’ and ‘mine’ to emphasise the conceit and arrogance of the creature, but within ‘futility’ the poet uses direct language to address the reader directly to make the reader feel more emotionally involved, by asking questions, ‘too hard to stir?’ and also by giving commands, ‘move him into the sun’ are used to get the reader to think about why the soldier’s life has been wasted whereas hawk roosting is just displaying the selfishness and self-centred creature which enjoys causing destruction and in this case death.
The structure of ‘hawk roosting’ consists of six four-line stanzas which makes it a simple structure, and it does not have a specific rhyme scheme except for in lines 3 and 4 where the short words, ‘feet’ and ‘eat’ introduce the idea of the hawk as a violent killer, whereas ‘futility’ is written in 14 lines with some of the traditional features of a sonnet but are divided into 2, 7 line stanzas because the tight control of a traditional sonnet is not appropriate when such shock and emotion is in the voice of the persona. The structure of ‘hawk roosting’ is self-centred around the hawk and it just displays the hawk as the greedy, natural savage that it is however ‘futility engages directly with the reader and makes you feel sympathy for the soldier and is a much more softer yet sombre poem and those tones of poems...