Wilfred Owen was twenty two when he enlisted in the Artists Rifle Corps during World War I By the time Owen was killed at the age ofat the Battle of Sambre, he had written what are considered the most important British poems of WWI This definitive edition is based on manuscripts of Owen s papers in the British Museum and other archives We covered almost all of Owen s poetry in my English class However, with Owen, poetry is not a chore, but Owen s cognitive approach to war has really changed the way that I, and millions of others, view any form of belligerence especially between nations As I have no doubt that most of you know, Owen s poetry is against any form of military adventurism, the callousness of society, politics and religion What passing bells for those that die as cattle , and most imp I guess the plight o We covered almost all of Owen s poetry in my English class However, with Owen, poetry is not a chore, but Owen s cognitive approach to war has really changed the way that I, and millions of others, view any form of belligerence especially between nations As I have no doubt that most of you know, Owen s poetry is against any form of military adventurism, the callousness of society, politics and religion What passing bells for those that die as cattle , and most imp I guess the plight of the individual soldier against all odds, other human beings who are similar to him as they share the same burden but which he must kill, and nature itself, which universalizes war, pain but also love There is no substitute, no defining alternative, to reading the poems themselves They are short, yet effective to the point of evoking tears in the reader I m not exaggerating, I can never forget the first time I read some of them Although I was in a classroom with 28 other geniuses , we all were united as one, taking it all while holding back what seemed to be a flood of tears That is the effect that Owen has, now consider that this is approx 60 years after the war that inspired it all Even Charles, the talkative, class clown at the back would stop talking during the whole course of the lesson Why Well, Owen now only has a unique message in all of his poems, but his poetry is so lurid, so engagingly graphic, that one relives the entire experience, and all the angry emotions he must have felt, with him His poetry is unique in its own respect, and Owen captures the imagination and empathy of his reader in a way that no other academic subject can, which explains why even that infamous Charles would stop talking and listen attentively to Owen s masterpieces which have changed the world Even if you do not necessary love poetry, you cannot fail but to admire Owen He challenged the whole mentality of his times, like a true soldier he stood courageous and bold against the traditions which glorified war yet was hypocritical in many aspects the armchair patriots for example For anyone out there that wishes to understand the effects of war in the minds of a young man, read his poem Dulce et Decorum Est as it is one of the greatest I have read, written in such a descriptive manner you feel as if you were the one dying in the trenches Truly beautiful in the traumatic of it all Dulce Et Decorum Est read by Christopher Eccleston For anyone out there that wishes to understand the effects of war in the minds of a young man, read his poem Dulce et Decorum Est as it is one of the greatest I have read, written in such a descriptive manner you feel as if you were the one dying in the trenches Truly beautiful in the traumatic of it all Dulce Et Decorum Est read by Christopher Eccleston Umpteenth re read of some of the most powerful poetry ever written and a big reason I am a committed pacifist since I first read this collection as a child. I never knew I liked poetry Not until I discovered the poems of Wilfred Owen So often I ve read poems and thought that kind of sounds nice, but I forgot the poem soon afterwards and didn t really think about it It s not that I didn t like the poem It s just that the poem wasn t really striking to me Not so with Wilfred Owen The images he conjures are so vivid that it puts you there on the battlefield, experiencing the horrors of war If I were to use one word to describe it then I would sa I never knew I liked poetry Not until I discovered the poems of Wilfred Owen So often I ve read poems and thought that kind of sounds nice, but I forgot the poem soon afterwards and didn t really think about it It s not that I didn t like the poem It s just that the poem wasn t really striking to me Not so with Wilfred Owen The images he conjures are so vivid that it puts you there on the battlefield, experiencing the horrors of war If I were to use one word to describe it then I would say it is indescribable His poems ascend the level of poetry, beyond art even into something much grander something that even the greatest poets can but only aspire to achieve In addition his poetry, while all about war, is varied We have the poem Spring Offensive which is about the soldiers and their camaraderie with nature and as the poems go on this camaraderie is increasingly threatened, until the end when the beautiful landscape so described is opened up to the rushing tides of war The poem Anthem for Doomed Youth is perhaps one of Owen s most lyrical poems, lamenting those lost in battle and that so many die in war that they are forgotten and he compares the fallen soldiers to slaughtered cattle Then my favorite poem The Show, is a surrealist poem where the narrator is looking out from a vantage point of death at a landscape that seems to take on human features as the poem goes on, eventually culminating in a nightmarish climax It is first of all Owen s experiences in war that made it possible for him to write this type of poetry at all In a hand of an author without those experiences it quite simply wouldn t be possible Owen s ability with literary technique and complex use of syntax combined with his war time experiences help to create amazingly memorable and vivid poetry I named my son Owen Need I sayOk, well Rupert,Sigfried and Wilfred were just too odd for a little guy to carry through school. At the end of this series of my readings about World War I, I could not omit some of the well known anti war poems written by soldiers at that time Perhaps the best known of these poets is Wilfred Owen, who fought until his tragic death just before the end of the war, and his poems are considered to be some of the best of British literature I certainly am not the most competent to judge their value but I can say that I found many of these war poems really staggering I was particularly impress At the end of this series of my readings about World War I, I could not omit some of the well known anti war poems written by soldiers at that time Perhaps the best known of these poets is Wilfred Owen, who fought until his tragic death just before the end of the war, and his poems are considered to be some of the best of British literature I certainly am not the most competent to judge their value but I can say that I found many of these war poems really staggering I was particularly impressed by the poet s ability to convey the feelings of war, the desperation of the trenches, the sense of loss, and evenso by being able to do so using such a beautiful languageWilfred Owen , Too real to stand much, the truth of war untold is. I have a love hate for war poetry It is the only art form that exists wherein people have to die, in droves where death is legion The greater the number of people that die, the better the poetry Thethat it is a cruel and senseless death, the better the poetry Thepointless it is, the better the poetry For every such point, a cruel counterpoint, so that the impact is felt in the heart And in the solar plexus If you don t feel it in the solar plexus, if it doesn t make you short I have a love hate for war poetry It is the only art form that exists wherein people have to die, in droves where death is legion The greater the number of people that die, the better the poetry Thethat it is a cruel and senseless death, the better the poetry Thepointless it is, the better the poetry For every such point, a cruel counterpoint, so that the impact is felt in the heart And in the solar plexus If you don t feel it in the solar plexus, if it doesn t make you short of breath, if it doesn t take your breath away, then it s not good war poetry And so, does that mean, it wasn t a good war that is, the war wasn t cruel, pointless, bloody enough to rate on the scale of the world s atrocities to make it worthy for the poet s pen For what it s worth, Wilfred Owen s poetry hits me in the solar plexus It makes me wish he had never written these poems.What I mean is, it makes me wish he had never had the need to write these poems.Would we have known Wilfred Owen otherwise Might he have been a mild mannered school teacher, living his days out in boredom and peace in some sunny little corner of England Might he have been the one who used the atom bomb on Nagasaki Might he have been the one who found the cure for cancer Might he have been the best poet that ever lived Instead, he was the best poet that ever lived who hardly lived Now perhaps you can better understand my predicament when I read war poetry and hesitate to give my rating Can I really give this 10 stars, because he died so young, so pointlessly, so bravely And all for naught If in some smothering dreams, you too could paceBehind the wagon that we flung him in,And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,His hanging face, like a devil s sick of sin If you could hear, at every jolt, the bloodCome gargling from the froth corrupted lungs,Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cudOf vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, My friend, you would not tell with such high zestTo children ardent for some desperate glory,The old LieDulce et decorum estPro patria mori from Dulce et decorum est The first Wilfred Owen poem I ever read was the first one anybody ever reads Dulce et Decorum est It was in high school, and I was already a history reading nerd by then, so I knew a bit about WWI But when I read Owen s poem I felt and understood the war in a way historical accounts and even All Quiet on the Western Front couldn t convey to me In just a few brutal lines Owen brings home the ugly brutality of a gas attack, pulling off war s romantic mask and revealing it for what it really The first Wilfred Owen poem I ever read was the first one anybody ever reads Dulce et Decorum est It was in high school, and I was already a history reading nerd by then, so I knew a bit about WWI But when I read Owen s poem I felt and understood the war in a way historical accounts and even All Quiet on the Western Front couldn t convey to me In just a few brutal lines Owen brings home the ugly brutality of a gas attack, pulling off war s romantic mask and revealing it for what it really is I learned about the power of poetry from Owen.His collected works are uneven, with some poems being much better than others The ones focusing on the war seem to be the best They are vivid and cliche free They are moving, sad, angry, and eye opening Like this one that describes what it is like to look up at the sky from the depths of a muddy trench Cramped in that funnelled hole, they watched the dawnOpen a jagged rim around a yawnOf death s jaws, which had all but swallowed themStuck in the middle of his throat of phlegm And they remembered Hell has many mouths ,They were in one of many mouths of HellNot seen of seers in visions only feltAs teeth of traps when bones and the dead are smeltUnder the mud where long ago they fellMixed with the sour sharp odour of the shell.Like the work of Alain Fournier, Owen s poems are madepowerful by the knowledge that he died in the First World War You have to wonder what poems he would have written if he d been given a full life