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  • Published: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448189977
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

The Poems Of Wilfred Owen




A handsome edition of Owen's poems published to mark the centenary of his birth

The definitive single-volume edition of the work of the greatest poet of the First World War
2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. This is the definitive single-volume edition of Wilfred Owen’s poems, whose death in battle a few days before the Armistice was the most disastrous loss to English letters since Keats. Containing the texts of all the finished poems of Owen’s maturity and twelve important fragments and with extensive notes, it derives from Jon Stallworthy’s monumental edition of The Complete Poems and Fragments and is aimed at the student and general reader alike.

‘Others have shown the disenchantment of war, have unlegended the roselight and romance of it, but none with such compassion for the disenchanted or such sternly just and justly stern judgment on the idyllisers.’ Guardian

  • Pub date: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448189977
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Authors

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.

Jon Stallworthy

Jon Stallworthy, born in 1935, is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of Wolfson College, a poet, and literary critic. His works include seven volumes of poetry, and biographies of Wilfred Owen and Louis MacNeice. He has edited several anthologies and is particularly known for his work on war poetry.


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