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Futility Summary & Analysis
by Wilfred Owen

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"Futility" is a poem by Wilfred Owen, a British soldier during World War I. Written in 1918, the poem elegizes an unnamed soldier lying dead in the snow in France. This image resonates with the poem's speaker, causing him or her to reassess life's value, given death's inevitability. Unlike Owen's other poems, which contain violent bodily imagery, this poem features a calmer, more resigned tone, underlining the speaker's act of mourning the "futility" of life in the face of death.

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