'Futility' by Wilfred Owen, published in The Nation


Wilfred Owen’s poems ‘Futility’ and ‘Hospital Barge’ were published by The Nation in its 15 June 1918 issue. Only five poems were printed in Owen’s lifetime. The politically left-leaning Nation was one of few periodicals willing to publish criticism of the First World War.

Owen was killed in action on 4 November 1918, a week before the armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany on 11 November.

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The Nation
15 June 1918, London
Wilfred Owen, Henry William Massingham [editor], The Nation
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