Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)
A selective list of online literary criticism for the English poet of World War I, Wilfred Owen, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources
introduction & literary criticism
"Capturing and Creating the Modern," a project from the British Library, provides a group of excellent articles covering many of the early twentieth-century British modernists. Introductory, close reading, and thematic articles are authored by recognized experts in their subjects, and are supported by links to manuscript drafts of modernist works in British Library's archive.
The Wilfred Owen Association. President Peter Owen. A biography; critiques of many poems by Kenneth Simcox (author of Anthem for Doomed Youth, 1987) including "1914," "Arms and the Boy," "A Terre," "Anthem for Doomed Youth," "Apologia Pro Poemate Meo," "Chances," "Conscious," "Disabled," "Dulce et Decorum Est," "Exposure," "Futility," "Greater Love," "Insensibility," "Inspection," "Mental Cases," "Miners," "Strange Meeting," "S.I.W." "Smile, Smile, Smile," "Spring Offensive," "The Parable of the Old Man and the Young," "The Last Laugh," "The Sentry," "The Next War," "The Show," "The End," "The Unreturning," "Uriconium An Ode." Also a bibliography, news about the Association and its journal, photos of the Owen family.
"Wilfred Owen." A short biography and introduction to Owen, with text for some of his best known poems, and links to other war poets. Academy of American Poets.
"Wilfred Owen: The pity of war." An early review of Owen's poems in the (UK) Guardian gives him high praise: "The twenty-three poems of this collection are the fruit of not quite two years' active service, less than half of it in the field. But they are enough to rank him among the very few war poets whose work has more than a passing value." Includes a brief discussion of "Strange Meeting." The Guardian, 29 Dec., 1920.
"Wilfred Owen: The greatest ever war poet?" BBC, 20 April 2005.
"Beauty blasted." On Wilfred Owen as an anti-war poet, and a review of Dominic Hibberd's Wilfred Owen: A New Biography. Review by Alexandra Mullen. The New Criterion Feb. 2003.
"Wilfred Owen Collection," in the First World War Poetry Digital Archive. A repository of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. Includes a biography of Wilfred Owen and Owen's drafts for "Anthem for Doomed Youth," "Dulce et Decorum Est," "The Chances," "Strange Meeting,""Asleep,""Disabled," and much more.
"The War Poets at Craiglockhart." Napier University, Edinburgh. On the facility, formerly a hospital, and the treatment there of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. The hospital and the meeting of Owen and Sassoon there are fictionalized in Pat Barker's Regeneration.
Le site de l'Association Wilfred Owen France. Le Conseil Général du Nord. Biography, about the Association, photos, news, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem.
Sillars, Stuart. "British Poetry of World War I," at the Literary Encyclopedia, 2008 [subscription service].
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