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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.

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.

Wilfred Owen Dulce et Decorum Est manuscript page                                    [ 'This item is from The First World War Poetry Digital Archive, University of Oxford (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit); © [Copyright notice]'.]

Wilfred Owen Dulce et Decorum Est manuscript page [ 'This item is from The First World War Poetry Digital Archive, University of Oxford (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit); © [Copyright notice]'.]

Wilfred Owen. 1893 - 1918, British anti-war poet, war hero, military cross winner. killed 1 week before Armistice Day. Few would challenge the claim that Wilfred Owen is the greatest writer of war poetry in the English language. He wrote out of his intense personal experience as a soldier and wrote with unrivaled power of the physical, moral and psychological trauma of the First World War. All of his great war poems on which his reputation rests were written in a mere fifteen months.

Wilfred Owen. 1893 - 1918, British anti-war poet, war hero, military cross winner. killed 1 week before Armistice Day. Few would challenge the claim that Wilfred Owen is the greatest writer of war poetry in the English language. He wrote out of his intense personal experience as a soldier and wrote with unrivaled power of the physical, moral and psychological trauma of the First World War. All of his great war poems on which his reputation rests were written in a mere fifteen months.

Wilfred Owen, whose WWI poems are tragic, striking, strangely lovely, with a peculiar irony, died so young, so talented, one week before the war's end. From Dulce et Decorum est: "Bent double like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through the sludge" and later "Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning."

Wilfred Owen, whose WWI poems are tragic, striking, strangely lovely, with a peculiar irony, died so young, so talented, one week before the war's end. From Dulce et Decorum est: "Bent double like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through the sludge" and later "Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning."

Sean Bean reads Wilfred Owen's Anthem for Doomed Youth.  For those who served in World War One.  The end of which was celebrated as Armistice Day in the U.S. and became Veterans Day in 1954.  This greatest man made horror would only be eclipsed by World War Two, twenty years later.

Sean Bean reads Wilfred Owen's Anthem for Doomed Youth. For those who served in World War One. The end of which was celebrated as Armistice Day in the U.S. and became Veterans Day in 1954. This greatest man made horror would only be eclipsed by World War Two, twenty years later.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was a First World War poet who wrote bitterly about his experiences as a soldier, attacking the ruling classes and the generals who in his opinion had no idea of what they were doing. This amounted to a revolutionary view of the world, and helped to change society utterly after the conflict ended.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was a First World War poet who wrote bitterly about his experiences as a soldier, attacking the ruling classes and the generals who in his opinion had no idea of what they were doing. This amounted to a revolutionary view of the world, and helped to change society utterly after the conflict ended.

Treasure Tuesday: Wilfred Own ArchiveThe First World War unleashed the horror of industrialised warfare on Europe for the first time. A century on, it is through the art, poetry and testimony of its survivors that we can glimpse the...

Treasure Tuesday: Wilfred Own ArchiveThe First World War unleashed the horror of industrialised warfare on Europe for the first time. A century on, it is through the art, poetry and testimony of its survivors that we can glimpse the...

Wilfred Owen, 1916.  From Oxford University’s First World War Poetry Digital Archive.

Wilfred Owen, 1916. From Oxford University’s First World War Poetry Digital Archive.

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his friend Siegfried Sassoon

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his friend Siegfried Sassoon

This word cloud in the shape of Wilfred Owen's image is made up of the words from Dulce est Decorum Est. Suitable for History lessons on the First World War as well as English lessons on War Poetry...

Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est word cloud

This word cloud in the shape of Wilfred Owen's image is made up of the words from Dulce est Decorum Est. Suitable for History lessons on the First World War as well as English lessons on War Poetry...

November 4, 1918: Poet Wilfred Owen is killed in battle. Imperial War Museum Photograph Collection Q 101783

November 4, 1918: Poet Wilfred Owen is killed in battle. Imperial War Museum Photograph Collection Q 101783

Centenary of Wilfred Owen's arrival in Edinburgh marked The arrival of war poet Wilfred Owen in Edinburgh 100 years ago has been re-enacted as part of a season of events marking the centenary of World War One. During treatment for shell shock, at the city's Craiglockhart Hospital, he was introduced to another poet Siegfried Sassoon. Nephew Peter Owen said the meeting led to some of his uncle's

Centenary of Wilfred Owen's arrival in Edinburgh marked The arrival of war poet Wilfred Owen in Edinburgh 100 years ago has been re-enacted as part of a season of events marking the centenary of World War One. During treatment for shell shock, at the city's Craiglockhart Hospital, he was introduced to another poet Siegfried Sassoon. Nephew Peter Owen said the meeting led to some of his uncle's

My Father would recite Vonnegut, and "I do not wish to throw away any sacred things".

11/11/11 Will Be Celebrated as Originally Intended: As Armistice Day!

My Father would recite Vonnegut, and "I do not wish to throw away any sacred things".

Mental Cases, by Wilfred Owen WWI Poetry This poem is about what was called Shell Shock in his day...but we now know as PTSD.

Mental Cases, by Wilfred Owen WWI Poetry This poem is about what was called Shell Shock in his day...but we now know as PTSD.