counter The Poetry of Wilfred Owen - Free Download Books
Hot Best Seller

The Poetry of Wilfred Owen

Availability: Ready to download

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. "This book is not about heroes. English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds or lands, nor Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. "This book is not about heroes. English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, dominion or power, except War. Above all, this book is not concerned with Poetry. The subject of it is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Yet these elegies are not to this generation, This is in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next. All the poet can do to-day is to warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful. If I thought the letter of this book would last, I might have used proper names; but if the spirit of it survives Prussia, -- my ambition and those names will be content; for they will have achieved themselves fresher fields than Flanders." Wilfred Owen - 1917 This Preface was found, in an unfinished condition, among Wilfred Owen's papers.


Compare

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. "This book is not about heroes. English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds or lands, nor Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. "This book is not about heroes. English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, dominion or power, except War. Above all, this book is not concerned with Poetry. The subject of it is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Yet these elegies are not to this generation, This is in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next. All the poet can do to-day is to warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful. If I thought the letter of this book would last, I might have used proper names; but if the spirit of it survives Prussia, -- my ambition and those names will be content; for they will have achieved themselves fresher fields than Flanders." Wilfred Owen - 1917 This Preface was found, in an unfinished condition, among Wilfred Owen's papers.

30 review for The Poetry of Wilfred Owen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Larry Farlow

    I came across a poem by Owen, "Dulce et Decorum Est," and was so impressed by it that I looked up the author. I found he'd written many poems about the First World War - a war in which sadly he was killed just before its end. That led me to read this collection of his poetry. To be honest, I found some of his poems confusing or difficult to follow. However, others were powerful presentations of the horrors of war. More than a book of poetry, this is an historical record of the experiences of the I came across a poem by Owen, "Dulce et Decorum Est," and was so impressed by it that I looked up the author. I found he'd written many poems about the First World War - a war in which sadly he was killed just before its end. That led me to read this collection of his poetry. To be honest, I found some of his poems confusing or difficult to follow. However, others were powerful presentations of the horrors of war. More than a book of poetry, this is an historical record of the experiences of the young men of England in "The Great War". It's a view of the War you don't find in history books, which tend to focus on campaigns and battles and strategy without much insight into the personal lives and thoughts of those who experienced the War on the ground. Owen's poems are sobering reminders that behind the glory and weapons and strategies of war are individuals suffering and dying. One of the most powerful is "Disabled" about a young man who lies about his age to enlist in order to impress a girl and comes home legless and missing an arm. As with many of his poems, the enthusiasm and bravado of the enlistee is contrasted with the 'reality check' he receives when war is experienced. Real war, it turns out, is not what's portrayed on the enlistment poster. Another of the best is "The Parable Of The Old Man and The Young". Here Owen takes the story of Abraham's near sacrifice of Isaac from Genesis chapter 22 and casts Abraham as the "Old Man" of Europe's leaders and Isaac as the "Young man" of her youth. Given the opportunity to stop the sacrifice of the young with a substitute of, not a ram, but their pride, they refuse to sacrifice their pride and stop the slaughter. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the First World War or poetry in general. I warn you it's not an uplifting inspirational read but it is also not depressing and somber just to be so. It's an important historical record and carries within it an important reminder for all of us living this side of the "War to end all wars."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nina Erato Klein

    If Wilfred Owen had written only "Dulce et Decorum Est", he would have earned his rightful place among the great English poets. The closing part of that poem is unsurpassed in its anti-war sentiment: My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. If Wilfred Owen had written only "Dulce et Decorum Est", he would have earned his rightful place among the great English poets. The closing part of that poem is unsurpassed in its anti-war sentiment: My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sylke van Vreede

    I absolutely love Wilfred Owen's poetry. He was definately a man who knew how to show and not tell. With a lot of his poems it felt like I was actually there on the battle field. Anthem for doomed youth remains one of my absolute favourites. I absolutely love Wilfred Owen's poetry. He was definately a man who knew how to show and not tell. With a lot of his poems it felt like I was actually there on the battle field. Anthem for doomed youth remains one of my absolute favourites.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lyndon

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aminko

  7. 5 out of 5

    mr g j weir

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Wanders

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Guerruckey

  11. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Parry

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mrs F S Petersen

  13. 5 out of 5

    BMcE

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caryl Williams

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kwynne81

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sheena Hocking

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Irvine

  19. 4 out of 5

    SQSQ

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Craigo

  21. 5 out of 5

    eleanor brown

  22. 5 out of 5

    tom bamford

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lester Muirhead

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lizbet Ballamy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Peter Johnson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vann Red

  27. 5 out of 5

    andrew burns

  28. 4 out of 5

    M O'Donnell

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jim Howdle

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...