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Comparison of 'Out of the Blue' and 'Futility'

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Emily Parker Comparison of ?Out of the Blue? and ?Futility? ?Futility? mourns the sad ironic death of a young soldier. An address to the sun, which gave the life to the earth only for them to be cut down in this futile way, states a larger irony. The poem concerns this death and all life in which such death occurs. The character in the poem hopes that the sun will revive the dead one, as it had formerly done whilst he was at home in England. ?Out of the Blue? tells the story of a trapped victim inside the towers who pleads for help but it's impossible. The use of the word ?you? show he addresses camera men, TV watchers, God and terrorists among many others observing the attack. The titles of both poems reflect either the purpose or tone of the poem. The definition of futility is the quality of being incapable of producing any result or effect. This highlights the poets view on war which is that it is pointless and no glory or honour is achieved just a wasteful loss of lives. This tells us that the poem is going to reflect quality and fragility of life right through. ...read more.


Within ?Futility? the Sun is personified repeatedly and in ?Out of the Blue? the fire and sirens sourcing from emergency services are personified. The Sun is said to ?wake? the seeds which gives a gentle atmosphere to the line and adds to the irony in the poem. Simon Armitage however personifies the heat of the fire to be ?bullying? and ?driving? which implies it is causing huge distress and pushing people to death. The sirens are described as ?wailing? which is an interesting vocabulary choice as it not only shows the screeching sound of the sirens but it is relevant to the victims also as they were in an emotional situation where ?wailing? was appropriate. Another technique used in both is symbolism however differently as one is shown through colour and another through representation. The colour ?white? is used in ?Out of the Blue? to show the innocence of the victims and people involved. This is powerful as in contrast to Word War?s and battles they were not prepared to kill or fight as the attacks were literally out of the blue and unexpected. In ?Futility? the word ?clay? is used to represent humanity and life however clay is cold to touch so this implies coldness and cruelty throughout humanity is showing. ...read more.


Both poems end with intentional power. ?Out of the blue? has a particularly ironic ending as it is a ?cliff hanger? which reflects the speaker?s current setting. Although the building is not a cliff it is still a dangerous place to be in and he is evidently ?hanging? out of it. The rhetorical question, ?O what made fatuous sunbeams toil to break earths sleep at all? is at the end of the poem as it sums up the entire purpose of it which is the effort (toil) that the sun puts in to creating life is in fact pointless if we as humans abuse it and he is questioning the point of initial life in the first place. Both poems demonstrate effects of war or attack as stressful and hard however both show death to be tranquil and placid which therefore shows that death is a happier place to be than war. The tones of the poems are identical however positioned opposite. The two which are significant are placid and frustration however ?Out of the blue? starts with frustration and ends with placidity but ?Futility begins with a calm, placid tone and then turns it round to anger and frustration. They both use powerful language to demonstrate destruction of war and attack aswell as structure and theme. ...read more.

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