Category Archives: Owen (Wilfred)

Wilfred Owen and the Hell of War

In “Mental Cases” Warren describes, as a nightmare, veterans suffering from PTSD and other war-related mental illnesses.

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Memorial Day: Anthem for Doomed Youth

With Memorial Day, there is the danger that we will romanticize the deaths of the fallen rather than face up to the full tragedy. This tension can be seen in a number of World War I poems, some of which romanticize the fallen while others dwell on the absurdity of their deaths.

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Soldier, Rest, Thy Warfare O’er

In “Soldier Rest,” Sir Walter Scott captures how inviting death can look to those caught up in battle’s throes.

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Would I Were in Grantchester

The BBC series “Grantchester” owes its inspiration to a Rupert Brooke poem.

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The Fellowship of Soldiers

In a poem for Veterans Day, Wilfred Owen captures the heartfelt emotions and the bonding that soldiers experience. Some of these emotions are genuinely moving, others are disturbing.

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Poetry Changed during World War I

The horrors of World War I created some great poetry. But not in its early days.

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He Sleeps Less Cold Than We Who Wake

Wilfred Owen’s “Asleep” looks with sorrow at the death of a comrade.

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Hagel: “No Glory, Only Suffering in War”

Some of Chuck Hagel’s statements about war are reminiscent of the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen.

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Lamentation and Weeping in Newtown

The Sandy Hook killings recall the Biblical massacre of the innocents, referenced in “Moby Dick.”

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