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A Poet of the Great War: Wilfred Owen

A Poet of the Great War: Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (1893-1918) was an English poet and soldier. He is regarded by many as the leading poet of "the Great War". His work is shocking and realistic with its focus upon the horrors of trench warfare and gas attacks.


I chose to pin this quote from Owen because his words are depicted just as so throughout his works. In Dulce et Decorum Est he warns us to not to tell our children to join the war because dying for your country is "sweet and fulfilling" and in reality Owen knows that it's much worse than that.


This poem. I love it. "Dulce Et Decorum Est" ('it is sweet and right'), 1917, by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) ─ The poem is meant as a condemnation of war. In November 1918 Owen was killed in action at the age of twenty-five, one week before the Armistice.


"Above all I am not interested in poetry. My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity" - ten great First World War poems, including one by Wilfred Owen


Wilfred Owen Dulce et Decorum Est manuscript page [ 'This item is from The First World War Poetry Digital Archive, University of Oxford (; © [Copyright notice]'.]