The Poems of Wilfred Owen
In his draft Preface, Wilfred Owen includes his well-known statement 'My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity'. All of his important poems were written in just over a year, and Dulce et Decorum Est, S.I.W., Futility and Anthem for Doomed Youth still have an astonishing power to move the reader. Owen pointed out that 'All a poet can do today is to warn. That is why all true Poets must be truthful'. His warning was based on his acute observation of the soldiers with whom he served on the Western Front, and his poems reflect the horror and the waste of the First World War. This volume contains all Owen's best-known poems, only four of which were published in his lifetime. He was killed a week before the Armistice in November 1918.
Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918) is one of the leading poets of the First World War and, like Rupert Brooke, did not live to see the end of it, dying in action one week before the armistice. His distinctive technique and the elements of social protest in his work influenced a later generation of poets, such as Cecil Day Lewis, W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender.
Pub Date: 1999
Size: 5.00 x 7.75 inches