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Wilfred Owen Dulce et Decorum Est manuscript page [ 'This item is from The First World War Poetry Digital Archive, University of Oxford (; © [Copyright notice]'.]


Wilfred Owen. One of his works is Anthem for Doomed Youth. "In this octet the devilish clamour of trench warfare is carefully set against the subdued atmosphere of church. These religious images: passing bells, orisons (prayers), voice of mourning, choirs, candles, holy glimmers, symbolise the sanctity of life - and death - while suggesting also the inadequacy, the futility, even meaninglessness, of organised religion measured against such a cataclysm as war."


"Above all I am not interested in poetry. My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity" - ten great First World War poems, including one by Wilfred Owen