Wilfred Owen was a leading WW1 poet, who served amongst the British Army
He wrote from the young age of 10 years old, until the time that he passed away.
Like all soldiers from that time period he began the war with optimism.
He then underwent two events, which altered his mindset completely.
A trench mortar blew him up into the air, causing him to land on a fellow officers remains. This caused some shock to Wilfred Owen as an individual.
Wilfred Owen’s second event was the fact that he had been trapped in a German dugout for days.
After those events Wilfred was diagnosed with shell shock, and was sent to a hospital in Edinburgh.
It was there where he met Siegfried Sassoon, who played a large role in the impact on Wilfred’s poetry as well as his life.
Wilfred’s poetry soon turned very dark and realistic, as he tried to capture what being in the front line was really like.
His poem, Futility, along with many others was written in Ripon, where he was tasked to complete light regimental duties.
Owen was then ordered to return to the front line on October the 1st. Upon which he was to cross a canal, which ultimately cost him his life, as it resulted in him receiving a bullet to the head.
A week later the war was over.
Wilfred Owen was awarded a Military Cross, as well as validation as a war poet.
This is just an analysis of the poem, I myself am a visual learner. Whilst I listened to and viewed the video analysis from this link;
... with the popular perception of the sensitive officer poet. Wilfred Owen was devastated by Sassoon's decision to return to ... his behaviour at Craiglockhart War Hospital as 'consistently cheerful'. However, Harold Owen, Wilfred's brother, was responsible for Owen's letters and ... He was also responsible for changing the commendation of Wilfred's Owen's Military Cross so that it looked less bloodthirsty ...