War Poetry

War Poetry concentrates on the subject of war. For many people, war poetry is associated with World War One and poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Owen has been particularly influential and it is his poem, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ that has formed people’s impressions of the First World War. We see the exhausted soldiers ‘coughing like hags’ trudging through the mud. We hear the awful  ‘gargling’ and ‘guttering’. Despite some concerns about a limited point-of-view, Owen will still be widely taught in English classes as his words are so vivid and accessible to readers. We do need to remember, however, that there are other views and other voices and other wars for that matter.


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