Friday Poem: Wilfred Owen
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Wilfred Owen was an English poet and soldier. He is regarded as the greatest poet of the First World War, known for his verse about the horrors of trench and gas warfare. His widely known works are Dulce et Decorum est, Insensibility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, and Strange Meeting. Owen had been writing poetry even before the war started, dating his poetic beginnings to a stay at Broxton by the Hill when he was ten years old. Much of his early writing and poetry were influenced by the Romantic poets Keats and Shelley. On the 4th of November 1918, Owen was killed, exactly a week before the signing of the Armistice, which ended the war. He is buried at Ors Communal Cemetery, in northern France. The inscription on his gravestone, is based on a quote from his poetry: "SHALL LIFE RENEW THESE BODIES? OF A TRUTH ALL DEATH WILL HE ANNUL" W.O. To commemorate Wilfred’s life and poetry, The Wilfred Owen Association was formed in 1989. The Association has established permanent public memorials in Shrewsbury and Oswestry. In addition to readings, talks, visits and performances, it promotes and encourages exhibitions, conferences, awareness and appreciation of Owen's poetry. The Association presents a Poetry Award to honor a poet for a sustained body of work that includes memorable war poems. To celebrate the late poet's birthday, which will take place on Sunday, we're taking a look at two of his best-known works -
- Anthem for Doomed Youth
- Dulce et Decorum est
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