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Comparison: Futility and The Falling Leaves (L, F, S)

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Debi Bertram

on 15 May 2013

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Transcript of Comparison: Futility and The Falling Leaves (L, F, S)

Comparison between:
Futility and
The Falling Leaves By Ali, Debina, Elaine, Jenni and Orla By Ali, Debina, Elaine,
Jenni and Orla Form There are twelve lines of alternate lengths: first there are six syllables, followed by ten. The poem follows a strict rhyme scheme. The rhymes are in groups of three (lines 1 and 4, 2 and 5, etc.). There is a contrast between this poem and 'Futility'. The strict structure in 'The Falling leaves' presents the militarian life style of the soldiers but the lack of structure in 'Futile' displays the lack of life that the soldier has. Structure The poem is built from a series of contrasts (the short and long lines) (the first half and second half of the poem).
•In the first half, Cole sets up gentle contrasts between the leaves and snowflakes. The soldiers are strong and delicate in this part.
•In the second half of the poem, the poem is more angry. The soldiers are quickly forgotten like the snowflakes melting on the ground. Language Margaret Postgate Cole also uses nature to present the soldiers.
•At first, Cole describes the leaves and snowflakes. The leaves and snowflakes represent the dying soldiers as being unique.
•Afterwards, the speaker is more angry. This is shown through the contrast between the dying soldiers and the snowflakes. The snowflakes represent the memories of the dying soldiers having been lost. Also, this part of the poem shows us that war is futile. Language Wilfred Owen uses nature to present the soldiers and hope in the poem.
•Firstly, the Sun is referred to as an old friend.
Then, the Sun is hated.This shows that there isn't any hope any more. Form Loose rhyme scheme-The rhyme scheme is futile and presents war to be pointless.
No structure.
Half rhymes-lack of structure.
This illustrates that the soldiers lives are cut short before they can mature like normal people. Structure The Falling Leaves The Falling Leaves The Falling Leaves Futility Futility Futility Thank you for watching
:) The faith in the Sun is lost because the helping friend knows that the soldier is dead. Second half-hope is broken, just like the stanzas. First half-has faith in the Sun and thinks that the man will wake up.
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