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Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and was educated at Birkenhead Institute, Liverpool and London University.

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Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and was educated at Birkenhead Institute, Liverpool and London University. In 1915 he joined the artists rifles and later the Manchester regiment. He fought in the trenches in France and became a commissioned officer. He fell ill after a long period of trench warfare and was sent to a military hospital near Edinburgh. Wilfred Owen died in 1918 one week before the Armistice. Before the First World War many people considered dying for your country was the most patriotic act you could perform and war was noble. Wilfred Owen wrote a poem called Dulce et Decorum Est. This poem dates from Owens period at the war hospital in Criraiglockhart, Edinburgh. It is one of the best known of Owen's poems, perhaps because of its bitter, angry violence. ...read more.

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They are shaken out of their fatigue by the arrival of the gas shells and they struggled desperately to get their gas masks on before the gas gets to them. One man fails to do so and Owen describes his death in clinical detail-"he plunges at me, guttering, chocking, drowning". He has shown in this poem how one man had died in a lot of pain, as he did not get his gas mask on in time. Owen wrote another poem called The Dead Beat, it was written in 1917. This poem is about a man who had collapsed and Owen described him as "lay stupid like a cod, heavy like meat". Owen describes the man as just lying there not knowing that there was a war. ...read more.

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Flares illuminate the scene. Then snow begins to fall and the men, begin to get exposed to the misery of there situation, the men begin to dream of home and happier times. But these are just memories and the soldiers return to their dying, "we turn back to our dying". They even question their faith in God. In the fifth line of each stanza, Owen emphasises his anger and amazement at how a human life could be frittered away so worthlessly. Owen constantly questions the reader in this poem- "But nothing happens", "What are we doing here?" All of these three poems are not about glory, honour and power. They are about the reality of war. Owen was not concerned about poetry, but about the subject of war and letting everyone know how war really was. Owen describes in his poem that it is a dreadful to die in war and not glorious. ...read more.

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