Wilfred Owen

'My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.' Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (1893-1918) was born to Thomas and Susan Owen on the 18th of March 1893 near Oswestry, Shropshire. Upon the death of Owens's grandfather in 1897, the Owen family were forced to move from the house he had owned in Oswestry to lodgings in Birkenhead (1898), Merseyside, and it was in the Birkenhead Institute that Owen's education began. In 1907, when Thomas Owen was appointed Assistant Superintendent for the Western Region of the railways, the family moved to Shrewsbury where Owen's education continued at the Shrewsbury Borough Technical School. Upon leaving school at 18 Owen spent a period of months working as a pupil-teacher at Wyle Cop School. In the autumn he passed the matriculation examination for the University of London but without the first class honours needed to gain a scholarship. Unable to afford to study, he worked as lay assistant to the Vicar of Dunsden near Reading. In his spare time he also attended University College, Reading, and is known to have studied the diverse subjects of botany and poetry. Between 1913 and 1915 Owen travelled to Bordeaux, France, and taught at...
Read the essay: Wilfred Owen - biography by Stephanie Fishwick, Stuart Lee
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1 From Owen's Doomed Youth, to his doomed youth

Lecture at the event 'Wilfred Owen: From Doomed Youth to the Battle of the Sambre'....

Jean Moorcroft Wilson
2 The Last Phase

A discussion on the last phase of the First World War. A talk given at 'Wilfred Owen: From...

Max Egremont
3 Anthem for Doomed Youth (readings)

by Owen, Wilfred (1893-1918)

LibriVox volunteers bring you 12 different recordings of...

4 The Life and Times of Wilfred Owen (lecture)

Free public lecture at Gresham College. Available as video, audio and transcript


Peter Bunyan, Chris Cuff
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1 World War I Poetry in England (lecture)

Lecture by Professor Langdon Hammer given as part of Open Yale courses, 'engl 310: Modern Poetry...

Langdon Hammer
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1 Collected Poems

ebook version of Collected Poems

Owen, Wilfred, 1893-1918
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1 The Art of Mourning in First World War Poetry

The poetry written during the First World War was often created as an elegiac response to the...

Charlotte Barrett
2 First World War

The Great War (also known as World War One, and the First World War) was a global combat centred...

Charlotte Barrett
3 Wilfred Owen - biography

'My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.'

Stephanie Fishwick, Stuart Lee
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1 Wilfred Owen plate from Poems (1920)

This is a plate from Wilfred Owen's 1920 Poems by Wilfred Owen, showing the author. The original...

2 Wilfred Owen Grave

Wilfred Owen - the grave in Ors communal cemetery

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1 Wilfred Owen : the man and his poems

A short biography of Wilfred Owen, explaining the context in which his poetry was written.

Fleur Corfield
2 Writing about poetry

This learning object suggests an approach to understanding poetry and to give a framework to...

Fleur Corfield
3 Language menu

Glossary of terms used in literature with examples from the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Includes...

Fleur Corfield
4 Dulce Et Decorum Est - Wilfred Owen - Muvizu 3D Animation war poem ...
5 Beyond the slaughter and loss of the First World War (conversation)

Was there more to the First World War than just death and slaughter? This is a transcript of an...

6 Under a green sea – experiences of gas warfare (3D simulation)

This 3D simulation introduces you to the experiences of gas warfare in the trenches through...

7 First World War timeline (interactive)

This interactive timeline, created as part of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive...

8 Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen

Blog post by Professor Tim Kendall and discussion. From the War Poetry blog.

Tim Kendall
9 Wilfred Owen: 'Futility'

Blog post + discussion about the Owen's poem 'Futility'. By Professor Tim Kendall on the War...

Tim Kendall