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Wilfred Owen

Guy Cuthbertson

Abstract

One of Britain’s best-known and most loved poets, Wilfred Owen (1893–1918) was killed at age 25 on one of the last days of the First World War, having acted heroically as soldier and officer despite his famous misgivings about the war’s rationale and conduct. He left behind a body of poetry that sensitively captured the pity, rage, valor, and futility of the conflict. This new biography provides a fresh account of Owen’s life and formative influences: the lower-middle-class childhood that he tried to escape; the places he lived in, from Birkenhead to Bordeaux; his class anxieties and his relig ... More

Keywords: First World War, soldier, officer, Birkenhead, Bordeaux, poetic maturity, social strata, Edwardian era, class anxieties, religious doubts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300153002
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300153002.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guy Cuthbertson, author