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Wilfred Owen was born into a middle class English family in eighteen ninety-three He was the eldest child in the family of four children he was the son of a railway official named Tom Owen He aspired to win two scholarships but was unsuccessful both times so he consequently moved to France to teach English He continued teaching until 1915 until the situation there deteriorated due to the war He returned to England and joined the Artist Rifles Corp after his training he went to the front lines in France as an officer In 1917 he was temporarily away from the field of battle with shellshock he recuperated and returned to the front lines In 1918 he won the military cross and had his first five poems published Unfortunately later in that year he was killed on the battlefield Wilfred was probably the most defining poet of World War II his unique style of poetry gives a deep and varied account of the horror and futility of war The content of his literature could be placed into thee main categories Before war during war and the after effects of war However there are also many other individual pieces that could not be placed in these categories This shows his vast knowledge and experience in innumerable aspects of war His experience ranges from his days training to become an officer His courage in battle that earned him the military cross His shellshock and subsequent hospital stay All of this gave him an unparalleled background in which to describe and try to inform us of the reality of war He does this by describing emotions associated with situations He powerfully describes emotions such as sadness and hopelessness Of being in a situation that is out of control and not being able to do anything about it He makes us feel the losses suffered by all From soldiers losing their lives and their friends left behind He also
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