In memoriam

I wanted to write something to mark the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death on 4th November 1918. This from fellow blogger Lit.gaz pretty much says it all though.

LIT.GAZ.

2013-09-19 10.17.45 sommeWilfred Owen is etched on the collective British memory of the Great War in a way that no other poet is. I first came across Anthem For Doomed Youth and Dulce Et Decorum Est in the fourth form at school, in the late 1960s, long before I met any other poetry from that time. So what is it that makes Owen stand out, and is he better than the others?

His own tragic story adds poignancy to his legacy; certainly he was not the only poet to be killed in the war, but the story of his death in battle only a week before the Armistice, and the receipt of the dreaded telegram by his parents in Shrewsbury on Armistice day as the rest of the townsfolk celebrated the end of four and a half years of insanity cannot fail to move us. He died a hero, and he died…

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3 thoughts on “In memoriam

  1. Thank you once again for sharing a post of mine with your followers. And, I would still like to read your own reflections on Owen. I saw something on the Guardian website about a new film on Owen, and wondered if this was anything to do with the one you wrote about last year?

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    • I saw that article too, and clicked on it thinking that the team I met last year had hit the big time with their publicity, but no, it’s not the same film but one by Philip Hoare about Owen’s affinity with swimming. Which is a whole new angle! The one I blogged about last year is called The Burying Party and is screening in various places over the next week, not anywhere in Yorkshire though as yet.

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