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Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, MC (1893 – 1918)


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Wilfred Owen is known by many as the leading poet of the First World War. His poetry, does not spare the reader from the horror’s of war. His influences stem from his friend Siegfried Sassoon, and stand in stark contrast the idealistic prose of poets such as Rupert Brooke.


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wilfred owen, wwi poetry, great war poet, wilfred owen collectionWilfred Owen is known by many as the leading poet of the First World War. His poetry, does not spare the reader from the horror’s of war. His influences stem from his friend Siegfried Sassoon, and stand in stark contrast the idealistic prose of poets such as Rupert Brooke.

Owen was born near Oswestry, Shropshire. Owen was educated at the Birkenhead Institute and at Shrewsbury Technical School. He later passed the matriculation exam for the University of London, but failed to secure a first-class honours required for scholarship. Prior to the outbreak of war, Wilfred worked as a private tutor, teaching English at the Berlitz School of Languages in Bordeaux, France.

In 1915, he enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles, and in January 1917 was commissioned as a second lieutenant with the Manchester Regiment. He was treated for shellshock at Craiglockhart War Hospital after some traumatic experiences in battle, and it was here at the Edinburgh hospital, he was to meet Siegfried Sassoon.

Wilfred Owen was killed in action on the 4th November 1918, only one week before the end of the war, during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise-Canal.

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