Wilfred Owen: The power of emptiness

by Natalia Santos



Wilfred Owen: The power of emptiness

Move him into the sun – Gently its touch awoke him once, At home, whispering of fields unsown. Always it woke him, even in France, Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now The kind old sun will know.  Think how it wakes the seeds, – Woke, once, the clays of a cold star. Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved – still warm – too hard to stir? Was it for this the clay grew tall?
– O what made fatuous sunbeams toil To break earth’s sleep at all?

Stumbling upon some poetry in this mini segment.  ‘Futility’ is a poem written by Wilfred Owen. It is a poem that states exactly what it means-through such a simplistic title.  Embedded within; the poem contains deeper translations that delve from Owen’s emotional stance and recollection of the war. It is highly pivotal to understand the word futility; continued from the word futile meaning pointless. And, essentially worthless in many perspectives. Wilfred Owen sheds lights on the futility of the war through his poem. As a soldier himself, battling through the first world war, Owen pours fourth a first class perspective of the oppressive-treacherous- nightmarish reality of what we reminisce as the ‘First World War.’ The style of poetry transcends into an account of Owen’s experience and personal melancholy. Within this poem,  we are given a personal account of what Owen endured- this can be seen highlighted through the expression of the sun as a unity of light and hope.. Within this poem– Owen can be seen to use the ‘sun’ as a metaphorical tool of (through interpretation, of course.) And other linguistic tools can be seen to be used. This is a poem definitely worth linguistic attention. Or added in essay segments regarding pain, passion and putrid dimensions.[ Note: This poem can be found here: http://genius.com/Wilfred-owen-futility-annotated ]  [Image found here: http://www.worldwarphotos.info/wp-content/gallery/germany/1944-1945/White_Flag_Alley_Cologne_1945.jpg ]