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

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.

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."

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 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.

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!

WW1 soldier's letter home. Said to be the source of inspiration for one of Wilfred Owen's famous poems, called The Sentry.

WW1 soldier's letter home. Said to be the source of inspiration for one of Wilfred Owen's famous poems, called The Sentry.

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...

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