Wilfred Owen 's Life Of World War I Essay

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Like many soldiers, Wilfred Owen, was faced with harsh tasks. He marched six miles over shelled roads and flooded trenches in the middle of No Man’s Land in the dark. Being a soldiers, among other things, heavily influenced his work. Among those other things, were his mother, his priesthood, and his perceived homosexuality. However Wilfred, was not a poet known to support the war. Wilfred Owen born on March 18, 1893 in Shropshire, England was a famous poet in the time of World War I. Due to many hardships, in 1906 Wilfred was forced to move to Shrewsbury where he continued his studies at a technical institute. “After failing to gain entrance into the University of London, Owen spent a year as a lay assistant to Reverend Herbert Wigan in 1911” (“Poet: Wilfred Owen”). In 1913, while teaching in France, he worked on rhyming patterns, which became a big part in his poetry. After gaining interest in World War I in 1915, Owen enlisted in 328th London Regiment, which shortly afterwards became the 2nd Artists’ Rifles Officers Training Corps. Owen was commissioned as a second lieutenant after his training in England. In the middle of January and April of 1917, Wilfred was wounded in his first experience of actual combat at Serre and St. Quentin. He was diagnosed with shell shock and evacuated to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh to undergo treatment. While admitted, he met one of his “literary heroes, Siegfried Sassoon, who provided him with…

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