12th February 2018

Dulce et dectorum

Who was Wilfred Owen?
Wilfred Owen (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English soldier and poet who wrote the most famous ww1 war poem of all time “Dulce et decorum”. During ww1 Owens suffered from shell shock, after a series of near death experiences. He died a week before Armistice, as such most of his poems were written post-humorosy.

Why he wrote the poem?

Where and when was the poem written?
In May 1917 Owen was diagnosed with neurasthenia (shell-shock) and sent to Craiglockhart hospital near Edinburgh to recover. Whilst receiving treatment at the hospital, Owen became the editor of the hospital magazine, The Hydra, and met the poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was to have a major impact upon his life and work and to play a crucial role in the dissemination of Owen’s poetry following his untimely death in 1918, aged only 25. Owen wrote a number of his most famous poems at Craiglockhart, including several drafts of both ‘Dulce et Decorum est’, ‘Soldier’s Dream’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’. Sassoon advised and encouraged Owen, and this is evident in a number of drafts which include Sassoon’s annotations. –Taken from Wikipedia

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