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  • Published: 30 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241303115
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $24.00

Poems




A collectible new Penguin Classics series: beautiful, slim, clothbound editions of ten favourite poets.



I mean the truth untold, The pity of war, the pity war distilled.

Poems is Wilfred Owen's only volume of poetry, first published posthumously in 1920 and edited by his friend and mentor, Siegfried Sassoon. Owen is regarded as one of the best poets of World War I and composed nearly all of his poems in just over a year, between August 1917 and September 1918. Owen was virtually unknown at the time of his death, yet his poetic account of a soldier's experience of war has shaped our impression of the horrors of the Western Front. This collection includes the well-known 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est'.

  • Pub date: 30 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241303115
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $24.00

About the Author

Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen MC was one of the leading English poets of the First World War. He volunteered on 21st October 1915. He saw a good deal of front-line action: he was blown up, concussed and suffered shell-shock. At Craiglockhart, the psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh, he met Siegfried Sassoon who inspired him to develop his war poetry.

He was sent back to the trenches in September, 1918 and in October won the Military Cross by seizing a German machine-gun and using it to kill a number of Germans.

On 4th November he was shot and killed near the village of Ors. The news of his death reached his parent’s home as the Armistice bells were ringing on 11 November 1918.

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