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Wilfred Owen was a British 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 Siegfried Sassoon and sat in stark contrast to both the public perception of war at the time, and to the confidently patriotic verse written earlier by war poets such ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1921)
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For anyone who loves poetry I would strongly recommend reading 'Strange Meeting' if you haven't already. You can also youtube the poem and hear Kenneth Branagh read it. Good poetry should always be read out loud!

That poem gutted me and yet somehow made me feel more at home in the world, related in a kinship of hope, a hope that never seems to know where to go or how to be useful, a hope which sinks down into the darkness and rents a room there, and sees what it has to see, and even makes friend
Bryan Worra
This particular edition provides an excellent range of footnotes to put many of the particular poems of Owen's into context.

On New Year's Eve 1917, Owen wrote: "I go out of this year a Poet, my dear Mother, as which I did not enter it. I am held peer by the Georgians; I am a poet's poet."

Nearly a century later, time has proven him write and he still speaks to many of us. Most of us are familiar with his poem "Dulce et Decorum est." In some ways, I do feel a pity that we don't look to his work
Stephen Patrick
I came across Wilfred Owen while researching my novel set in WW1. his poetry is beautiful, haunting, and timeless, but somehow very approachable. The pain and anguish he brings to his most powerful pieces shook me and the beauty of his words made me feel like I was talking to an old friend trying to deal with terrible tragedy. Like Sigfriend Sassoon, his "on-the-ground" poetry does more for describing the soldier's experience than any reported account could dare.
Here is what you need to know about Wilfred Owen: he died too soon.

Owen was twenty-five years old when he was killed in action, exactly one week before the signing of the Armistice would end the war. This means that all of his poems only fill up one 192-page collection (unfinished bits and pieces included) and it is not enough.

The first sixty pages or so are taken up by poems Owen wrote in his youth. Most of these are stylistic exercises, practice runs as he was trying to find his own voice. Th
Winaa Daisy
It breaks my heart everytime I read these poems. And the fact that Owen experienced the horror of war himself makes his writing even more chilling. I can't choose a favorite because essentially, all of them tell different stories that can be linked to the different times in Owen's life, whether it was during his naivety of war or during his actual experience of war. Each poem is special in their own way thus they hold a special place in my heart but I will say, Disabled made me tear up a bit and ...more
Farah Hamandi
touching and simply brilliant.... i have never though that i will sympathize with the poor devastated soldiers after reading his poems. all the respect for him and all the innocent soldiers who died in a war that they resent..
Larry Farlow
I came across a poem by Owen, "Dulce et Decorum Est," and was so impressed by it that I looked up the author. I found he'd written many poems about the First World War - a war in which sadly he was killed just before its end. That led me to read this collection of his poetry.

To be honest, I found some of his poems confusing or difficult to follow. However, others were powerful presentations of the horrors of war. More than a book of poetry, this is an historical record of the experiences of the
The most powerful collection of poetry I've ever read. I've never read a book where every poem made me say "wow." What's even more amazing is that Owen didn't publish these--they may have just been rough drafts. This is the 1921 edition--later editions usually have more poems and even more versions/drafts.

I read "Dulce et Decorum est" in 9th grade English, and, like with a lot of what you read in school, I didn't plan on reading any more of Owen. I'm glad I did. What a poet--the bitter, sardoni
Jonah Swan
Unfortunately, war is an unmitigated part of the human experience. Wilfred Owen, a British soldier in the first world war, became the greatest poet ever to write about war. In places, Owen gives us the guns of war--brutal, percussive descriptions of death as in "Anthem"; in other places, Owen laments delicately as in "Futility" (pg. 135).

Owen shows us a world "wound with war's hard wire" that is "but the trembling of a flare," but Owen also perceives beauty "in hoarse oaths that kept our courag
Jul 03, 2011 Allison rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks interested in Poetry &/or WWI
Recommended to Allison by: NPR Books
The collection that I read was Edited by Jon Stallworthy. This will probably sound like a mixed review but I really enjoyed Owen's work as a whole. His original stuff really had meaning for me.

However, there are quite a few poems in this collection that were practice pieces or poetry "drills" if you will. In those, he's directly imitated other poets and other poems and or simply practiced a specific style of poetry writing. The annotation Stallworthy included points out these things in footnote
Apr 01, 2008 +Chaz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to +Chaz by: me at a book store
Haunting and moving but still the understanding one can get from this book will never come close to what his generation suffered. It is not an exaggeration that for Europe and the commonwealth around the world, a whole Generation was sacrificed upon the alter of pride. If you ever visit the Al Alimein(sp?)cemetery on the North coast of Egypt you will notice that an entire generation is missing. What Owen’s saw and described on paper gives the average civilian or even soldier of other wars a reco ...more
Mark Mallett
There are a lot of collections of Wilfred Owen's war poetry, and a lot of editions of this one, as I understand it has been expanded over time as more works and variations have been released. The one I read is a short collection of 23 poems published in 1920 - it's unclear whether this goodreads entry represents that collection or not.

The poems are short but meaty which, coupled with the intricate use of consonance and assonance, makes for some dense reading. One (well, I, anyway) can't simply b
I loved the Wordsworth Edition of this book, it has an amazing introduction (and notes) by Owen Knowles. The poems are ordered chronologically so you can see the changes in Wilfred Owen's writings, especially after his enlistment. The fact that he wanted his poems to include and be also understandable by his fellow soldiers make his writing easy to read and emotive. I loved this book, but going through it is a very taxing experience, every stanza is full of sadness and reality. Yes, 'Dulce et De ...more
Jaime Walker
Extrem;ey moving to see a young man who was very patrotic and then seeing the realties of war- ver very moving
I don't know why, but I am very drawn to his words. "Dulce et Decorum est" in particular.
The poems in this book goes so deep and it expresses how this brave patriot felt at that time and he saw the world and he he described the people who didn't listen to the propaganda's or go to the war!

Our English class had to do our assessment based on the poems of Wilfred Owen and especially the poem called 'Notes on Dulce et Decorum Est' which by the way is gruesome but at the same time so damn deep. and when i listened to the audio version of the poem, you could really hear the people sufferi
Luis Branco
Different, real and great poems!
Moira McPartlin
If I had six stars this book would have them. War poetry is always difficult to read but Wilfred Owen is the master who leads you through the horrors and anger with line after line of breathtaking poetry. His poetry is crafted. If he hadn't died just before WWI who knows what he would have achieved. I was left with a great sense of loss because the world missed out on this man's potential for greatness. Even if you never read poetry read this.
Ayne Ray
A sobering collection from one of the leading poets of World War I (and friend to fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon, whom he met in a hospital while recovering from shell shock) that is historically significant in that it doesn't shy away from the bloody realism of trench warfare and the harsh truth of war, unlike much of the literature of the time.
Gavin Dobson
Owen was a rustic soul heavily influenced by Keats. When he was faced with the unspeakable terrors of the trenches he wrote probably the greatest war poetry written in the English language It is readable, highly literate, graphic and appalling how he captures what those lads went through. Dulce et decorum est..
David Glenn Dixon
Notes: Read only the poems set by Benjamin Britten for his War Requiem, in advance of Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 11/16/2013 performance at Strathmore. (Have hardcover version with this illo for jacket art.)
Also check out Benjamin Britten's Requiem where music melds to poetry the senselessness of war. "Was it for this the clay grew tall?" Not for death.

Owen died too young.
Personal favorites include "S.I.W." (re suicide), "A Terre" (a soldier's philosophy), and "Disabled" (about leaving wholly and returning disabled).
Mark Tintner
as good as poetry gets. First World War in the trenches soggy boots and bayonets. It's dramatic and it's psychological and it's colourful.
One can detect the makings a great poet in these few verses of Wilfred Owen. Such a shame to be cut off in his prime.
Recommended to me by a f/Friend, I'm very grateful. This is the horror of war laid bare in the only way poetry can.
Never was a more rich and sombre account given of war. Very incitefull and thoroughly worth reading!
Luther Wilson
Some of my favorite poems are in this collection. He was killed in the final days of WWI -- what a waste.
Still the gold-standard of not just war poetry, but the human impulse to resist authority.
Michael Wombat
Beautifully constructed language. Not a light-hearted read, though :-)
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