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Owen, Wilfred
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Owen, Wilfred

(March 18, 1893, Oswestry [Shropshire] – November 4, 1918, Landrecies [Département du Nord; killed]), British lyric poet. During the World War Owen served on the Western Front with the Second Manchesters. His experiences in positional warfare provided the material for forceful lyrics, which after his death counted among the most significant English-language testimonials of the antiwar movement.

Owen had already travelled to France, where he worked as a language teacher. Then in 1915, he returned to England to enlist as a volunteer soldier.…

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Winter, Jay, “Owen, Wilfred”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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