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Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life

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Wilfred Owen is the “Poet of Pity,” whose realistic portrayals of war gave voice to the soldier wounded, captured, or killed—not just in the Great War but in every war since, so great is the evocative power of his work. Although he saw only five poems published during his lifetime, Owen left behind a wealth of letters and poetry that together form a powerful legacy.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 15th 2014 by Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (first published June 15th 2014)
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Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lives, poetry
A quick read, summarising the brief life of the WWI poet. What makes this a rather special book, however, is its presentation. There are many photographs, of Owen, his family, places he lived, objects he owned, along with facsimiles of his manuscripts, and one of a newspaper that published 1 of the only 5 poems printed during his lifetime. The paper is good quality, the 10 or so poems are printed on tinted paper, taking you out of the text for a few moments and reminding the reader what he was a ...more
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Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ezra Pound: "They died a myriad, and of the best, among them" - Hugh Selwyn Mauberly
Pound has been snubbed as a poet to a degree because of his personal life: anti-semitic, worker for Mussolini during the war, incarcerated in St. Elizabeths's Hospital for the Insane, and so forth. Yet as a poet, he possesses a gravity which pulls poets even today into different orbits. And he was himself influenced by Wilfred Owen to the point of 'borrowing' a line here and there.
Wilfred Owen does not need Pound
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great introduction to the life and work of an amazing poet. The book includes a brief biography, plenty of photographs, a generous sampling of Owen's verses, and an interesting chapter on the poet's "canonization" and emergence into the literary mainstream following his all-too-early wartime death. An excellent place to start for those who may be new to the work of Wilfred Owen.
Steve Woods
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a bit deceptive on frist sight. it looks like a school text, and although it would be an ideal companion for seninior school study of Owen's poetry, war peotry in general or the First World War it is more than that. It provides a context which gives a very human picture of Owen the young man. In the end I really enjoyed reading it and also the photographs. The next bebst thing to the actual artifacts. A great companion volume for anyone with an interest or any public library.
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