The Poems of Wilfred Owen

by Wilfred Owen

Other authorsJon Stallworthy (Editor)
Paper Book, 1986






New York : Norton, 1986.


This volume contains all of Owen's best known work, only four of which were published in his lifetime. His war poems were based on his acute observations of the soldiers with whom he served on the Western front, and reflect the horror and waste of World War One.

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LibraryThing member Daedalus
Ah fuck you war! Buy his poems. He was good. He was really, really good.
LibraryThing member TimBazzett
'Tis a pitifully small collection of poems gathered here, considering Owen is often called the best of the World War I poets.
His "Dulce et Decorum Est" is perhaps one of the most anthologized English poems from that era. Easily accessible, I can remember reading and pondering it when I was still in high school. That poem and several others in this slim volume still apply. Wars never really resolve anything, and yet they go on and on, as if humankind never learns anything at all. This collection is gem-like, marred only by a few incompleted fragments, and I wondered why they were even included. Probably because there were so few finished poems, a true tragedy of that war. Just twenty-five years old and only beginning to find his voice as poet, Wilfred Owen died a week before the armistice. And yet he lives on in these poems, THE WORKS OF WILFRED OWEN. An important book for any collector of serious literature.… (more)
LibraryThing member therebelprince
One hundred years after his death, Owen remains perhaps the single most tragic figure in the history of poet. He stands as a stark reminder of the sheer waste of the first World War, and a paean to the modern ideals of individuality and self-expression. Utterly heartbreaking, no matter how many times I read him.



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