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We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter 16: Wilfred Owen

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery* 

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 16: Wilfred Owen. The others will follow successively.



Figure 16.1: Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) (Wikipedia).

Expressing the horror of war

Wilfred Owen and his mentor, Siegfried Sassoon were two poets who eloquently described the horrors of World War I.

They met in a military hospital, after both had been wounded in the war. Owen had been writing poetry since the age of 11, but not about war.

When he became friends with Sassoon during their hospital stay, Owen was inspired by Sassoon’s example and realized that the horrors of trenches and gas warfare deserved to be described realistically in poetry.

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