Wilfred Owen

Poet, Author

1893 – 1918


Who was Wilfred Owen?

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his friend and mentor Siegfried Sassoon, and stood in stark contrast both to the public perception of war at the time and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets such as Rupert Brooke. Among his best-known works – most of which were published posthumously – are "Dulce et Decorum Est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility" and "Strange Meeting".

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Mar 18, 1893
Also known as
  • Wilfred Edward Salter Owen
  • Owen, Wilfred
  • United Kingdom
  • England
  • University of London
  • University of Reading
Nov 4, 1918
Sambre–Oise Canal

on July 23, 2013


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  • Pushpinder Kaur
    Though a poet of the First World war, the core meaning of the war poems by Wilfred Owen, make them as much of 'our times', as they are of 'all times'- therein lies their universality!
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