Title: Poems (The World at War)
Author: Wilfred Owen
Pages: 43 Pages
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 and mentor Siegfried Sassoon, and stood in stark contrast both to the public perception of war at the time and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets such as Rupert Brooke. Among his best-known works – most of which were published posthumously – are “Dulce et Decorum est“, “Insensibility“, “Anthem for Doomed Youth“, “Futility” and “Strange Meeting“. (Taken from Wikipedia)
I’m not a huge lover of poetry for the sake of poetry. I am more of a lyric person but I do genuinely have a soft spot for the poetry of world war one. It is a little bit of a naïve love and tends to be focused on the famous poets but that is why I invested in this collection of poems by Wilfred Owen.
Anything I say in review will sound trite so I will just say this. For an accurate representation of what World War One was like then look no further than the works of Wilfred Owen. He doesn’t glorify war or make it seem magic. His poetry is a truth among the verisimilitude of propaganda.
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