Wilfred Owen : Selected Poems Hardback
by Wilfred Owen
Edited by Jon Stallworthy
Part of the Poets of the Great War series
No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War.
Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day.
Dying at twenty-five, a week before the end of the First World War, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) has come to represent a generation of young men sacrificed - as it seems to the next generation, one in unprecedented rebellion against its fathers - by guilty old men: generals, politicians, profiteers.
Owen has now taken his place in literary history as perhaps the first, certainly the quintessential, war poet.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/07/2014
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780571315284
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Review by atticusfinch1048
Poets of the Great War – Wilfred OwenThis antholgy of poems has been selected by Oxford University’s Jon Stallworth a professor in English, has selected forty-three of Owen’s poems including his famous pair of poems, Anthem for Doomed Youth and Dulce et Decorum Est. He also includes the preface that Owen had written in the hope of publishing his poems after the war.As I write this in the knowledge of the death of Stallworth who was also one of the world’s leading authorities on Wilfred Owen who in his fifteen page introduction guides us through his choices as well as giving a potted history of Owen and how he also influenced other poets during his short life and since. This was probably Stallworth’s last piece of work before his death and his knowledge of Owen’s poetry shines through and this book and his love for the work easily recognised in his choices.We all know that if it were not for meeting Siegfried Sassoon in 1917 we may not have the War Poetry of Owen and we would have been denied one of the most famous often quoted war poets of all time. We all know that Sassoon was the first to praise Owen’s work and helped to guide him in his writing.With the selection of poems we are able to see for ourselves the compassion that Owen had for his fellow soldiers as shown in “Conscious” and “At a Calvary near the Ancre”. That compassion sharpens Owen’s perception of the weapons that killed them.I have loved Owen’s poetry since I was 13 when my English teacher, a World War Two veteran, used Owen and others to show how poetry clearly displays human’s feelings and despair especially when at war. To me the poetry says everything one wants to say when facing death or no hope when you are in the theatre of war and this antholgy screams that aloud.This is a beautiful and moving anthology of Owen’s poems that will touch you as you read through them and think of the loss and the hopelessness of those who managed to survive.