- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: New Directions; Revised edition edition (1 Feb. 1965)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811201325
- ISBN-13: 978-0811201322
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen (New Directions Books) Paperback – 1 Feb 1965
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This definitive edition of Owen's poetry, based on a close study of the ms. sources in the British Museum and elsewhere, contains a selection of the poet's juvenilia and several other unpublished poems, as well as those which have appeared in the editions edited by Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden.
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I had read the former review of July 2012 which stated there was an error, by omission, of a whole line from Strange Meeting. Since this feedback was relayed 8 months ago, I had felt sure that the authors would have been quite capable of amending this digital file to the satisfaction of all, but no. A real shame as Strange Meeting is really one of his finest works and to leave out entire lines from a poem, murders it in a small way. I had thought that feedback via Amazon was taken seriously by producers of Kindle products, but it seems I was wrong. In that case.... why am I writing this??? 3 out of 5 - as it is a joy to read the correct versions of the poetry included for such a good price - lost 2 stars though, for the original mistake and then having ignored the 'heads up' given from its readers.
Before WW1, Owen was a very SKILLFUL poet, and the war added little to that, apart from the fact that any skill just improves with practice. But a computer can write skillful poetry. What happened in the War, was that Owen found something he CARED about, and WANTED to write about, so, all of a sudden, his poetry HAS HEART ... that takes it way beyond being merely skillful.
And, boy, does his poetry have heart! When he looks on a dead friend and rails, 'why did fatuous sunbeams toil to break earth's sleep at all!', you can feel the desparate anger; and lines such as: 'the pity of war, the pity war distilled'; 'the eternal reciprocity of tears.';'truths that lie too deep for taint'; and, of course, '... that old lie, Dulce et decorum est pro patria more!', where he makes his most outright plea against the false patriotism that was used to recruit young men for the trenches.
This poetry is a must --- and especially, like this edition, showing the early work --- for anyone who wants to see what REAL poetry is, and how it is different from mere skill. This poetry is alive, from the heart, and it packs a punch!
I wonder what sort of advocate he would have been in the post war period if he had survived the war?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These poems gave an insight into the feelings of the soldiers. The conditions, fears and hopes. A very emotional read,Published 4 months ago by P. Bishop
Excellent service. Poignant reminder of harrowing experiences of thousands of brave souls.Published on 1 Sept. 2014 by Mrs. Jegreenwood
Wilfred Owen's poetry brings into your consciousness the horror of the First World War in extraordinarily haunting lines. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2014 by pingfloy