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The War Poems Of Wilfred Owen Paperback – 25 March 1994
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The complete and definitive edition of poems from the greatest poet of WW1, Wilfred Owen
2018 marks a hundred years since the end of the First World War. Owen's death in battle, a few days before the Armistice, was a disastrous loss to English letters and left a legacy of the finest poetry that vividly captured the unimaginable horrors of the Great War. This volume, edited by Oxford Professor Jon Stallworthy, gathers together the poems for which Owen is best known, and which represent his most important contribution to poetry in the twentieth century.
'The greatest of all the war poets.... it is Owen's intense respect for the soldier that makes his poetry so powerful. Those who did not return have their meticulously maintained stone memorials on the fields of Flanders. But their memorial in our minds is largely built by Wilfred Owen' Jeremy Paxman, Spectator
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For me, he is the greatest of all the war poets.... it is Owen's intense respect for the soldier that makes his poetry so powerful. Those who did not return have their meticulously maintained stone memorials on the fields of Flanders. But their memorial in our minds is largely built by Wilfred Owen -- Jeremy Paxman ― Spectator
The greatest of all the War Poets… This edition…is a must for every poetry lover -- Emma Lee-Potter ― Independent
- Publisher : CHATTO & WINDUS - TRADE; 1st edition (25 March 1994)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0701161264
- ISBN-13 : 978-0701161262
- Reading age : Baby and up
- Dimensions : 13.5 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 22,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the poetry did register it proved to be pretty powerful stuff. From my point of view it was the following poems that resonated and lodged firmly in my mind.
'The Last Laugh'- The haunting cries of three soldiers as they utter their last words. Sad,simply told but very poignant.
'Dulci Et Decorum Est'- A soldier killed by gas which was to haunt the poet's dreams.
'The Dead Beat'- The soldier that cracked under pressure and then died without any sympathy from the Doctor.
'SIW'- The tragic tale of a soldier taking his own life.
'Exposure'- Waiting in the freezing cold,almost wanting something to happen.The question 'What are we doing here?' says it all.
'The Sentry'- A sentry blinded in a blast. His bulging eyeballs haunted Owens dreams also as he muses 'I try not to remember those things now'.
This is a very good book although I preferred the biography. When the poetry hit home it was very powerful indeed. This is very well edited and I would definitely recommend it.