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Wilfred Owen was a famous British war poet in World War I The horrible violence of war turned Owen into a poetic genius In a two-year period during the war Owen published only four of his poems and grew from a negligible minor poet into a famous English-language poet His poems were antiwar poems of his life in trench warfareWilfred Owen the son of Tom and Susan Owen was born on March 18 1893 in Oswetry England He was educated at the Birkenhead institute and at Shrewbury Technical School At the age of 17 Owen began to show an interest in arts and poetry He worked as a pupil teacher at the Wyle Cop School while he was preparing for his exam to attend the University of London After he failed the entrance exam he worked as an English teacher in the Berlitz School in BordeauxTowards the end of 1914 and the beginning of 1915 Owen became aware of the rapid growth of the war and he moved back to England in September 1915 In October he enlist in the Artists Rifles He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment 5th Battalion in France in June 1916In January 1917 he saw his first site of trench warfare He and his men were forced to hold a flooded dugout in no-mans land for about fifty hours under heavy enemy bombardment In March 1917 he was injured with a slight concussion and in April he returned to the front line in France In May Wilfred Owen was badly injured during the Battle of Somme when a shell landed about two yards away from him After lying in a bomb crater for several days and being surrounded by his fellow officers dead corpse he was diagnosed with neurasthenia shell shock While he was in France Owen began to write poems about his war experiencesWith his nerves shattered from the sight of war he was sent
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