How does Owen explore the horror of war through the power of poetry?

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Wilfred Owen wrote his poems during the war, he wrote his poems to present the horrific reality of war, to challenge the public perception that the media had fed them, he sought to express his own experiences to everyone. Throughout his poems the Owen convey the futility of war, loss, wasted youth and sacrifice. These are the main ideas expressed in the poem Futility, Owens manipulation of language techniques and the utilization of poetry are used in simultaneously to obliterate the romantic heroism of the war and emphasizing the pointlessness of war. In the poem Futility, Owens Emphasis is placed on a soldier that dies on the battle field of hyperthermia; the nameless young man who dies is used by Owen as a symbol for all the soldiers that die needlessly in the war. The title itself “futility” foreshadows for the responder the subject of the poem, giving them a general idea of what the poem addresses. In the first stanza Owen juxtaposition of the images of cold, winter, and death with warmth, life, and fruitfulness, frames their isolation and sense of longing for home as well as their exile to a merciless, unnatural war. The implementation of the imperative instruction “move him into the sun” emphasizes the attempt of the soldiers to revive their comrade, while the positive effects of the personified sun “gently its touch” the gentle tone of the sun highlights the frustration endured by the persona. Owen juxtaposes the beautiful sanctuary of England with the hideous battlefield of France emphasizing wartime existence. The implications of the phrase “fields unsown” highlight the wasted possibilities of the fallen soldier. The tonal shift to a sense of bitterness, as the persona realizes the futility of his actions; this idea is further reinforced with the repetition of “this” in “this morning” and “this snow”. The second stanza highlights the persona’s attempt to
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