Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

Wilfred Owen was born in Oswestry, Shropshire and was educated at Birkenhead Institute and a technical college in Shrewsbury. Probably influenced by his deeply religious mother, he went on to work as a lay assistant to the vicar of Dunsden in 1913 and later that year left England to teach English in France.

In 1915, he enlisted in the Artists' Rifles and served at the Somme that winter. Suffering from shell shock, he was sent to Craiglochhart Hospital, Edinburgh where he met and was encouraged by Siegfried Sassoon. Most of his best poetry was written and polished during his convalescence there. He returned to the front, having spurned the offer of a home-based training position, and was killed one week before the end of the war at the age of twenty-five, after having been awarded the Military Cross the previous month.

His poetry, exemplified by Anthem for Doomed Youth, encapulates the futility and horror of war and his very name symbolises the sacrifice of innocence to its cause.

Strange Meeting
Greater Love
Apologia pro Poemate Meo
The Show
Mental Cases
Parable of the Old Men and the Young
Arms and the Boy
Anthem for Doomed Youth
The Send-off
Dulce et Decorum est
The Sentry
  The Dead-Beat
Spring Offensive
The Chances
S. I. W.
Smile, Smile, Smile
A Terre
Wild with all Regrets
The End

Wilfred Owen: A New Biography Wilfred Owen: A New Biography
Dominic Hibberd
  Wilfred Owen: The War Poems Wilfred Owen: The War Poems
Wilfred Owen, Jon Stallworthy (Editor)

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