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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions; Revised edition (January 17, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811201325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811201322
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Highly recommended, this book will not dissapoint.
G. Arsenault
That he was able to transpose these experiences into the transcendentally beautiful poems that fill this book is a major wonder.
Grady Harp
This is a wonderful book, and one of the most powerful collections of anti-war poems ever put together.
Paul Rance

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan T. Smillie on March 27, 2000
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War and poetry- two concepts infrequently mentioned, much less allied, in the same breath. Yet during World War I a number of writers took the horrific experiences of the Western Front and turned them into some of the twentieth century's finest, most disturbing poetry. Among these "war poets", Wilfred Owen is indisputably one of the greatest.

From the opening declaration " Above all, I am not concerned with Poetry... My subject is War, and the pity of War..." through the dreamlike madness of "Strange Meeting" to the elegiac fury of "Anthem for Doomed Youth", Owen hones the poetic craft he learned as a juvenile romantic versifier into a rapier on which he skewers the futility of the war, the blind official stupidity which kept it going, and the inhumanity shown by each side to its own men as well as the enemy.
Killed in action not long before the Armistice, Owen saw little publication of his work. However, his verse- carefully arranged, meticulously researched and documented by Cecil Day Lewis- is not only his epitaph. As relevant and affecting today as in 1918, it's as fine a counter-argument as any ever written against those who dismiss poetry as flowery nonsense. And for the rest of us? Few media can express the true nature and terrible costs of the First World War as eloquently as poetry at its finest can- and Owen provides it in plenty.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rance on June 3, 2004
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This is a wonderful book, and one of the most powerful collections of anti-war poems ever put together. Wilfred Owen was not a man who was describing war from the safety of his own home. He was in the thick of it, and he paid the ultimate price.
'Anthem for Doomed Youth' may just be the most powerful of all anti-war poems, and it was voted 8th in a list of Britain's favourite poems in a BBC poll. This poem like Owen's work generally is written in an unpretentious style. His poetry is very moving, but without being sentimental. He's painting pictures with words, and the pictures aren't pretty.
All his renowned work is here, including 'Dulce et Decorum est', 'Disabled', and 'Mental Cases'. The notes are very interesting, as you'd expect from a literary heavyweight like C. Day Lewis, and there's also some of Owen's non war poetry, but that's still bleak!
If you want to buy any book of Owen's work, I'd recommend this one for starters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Everard on August 20, 2011
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At last, a good edition of Owen's poems! This one has a table of contents that works properly, and the poems are sensibly formatted. It is a pleasure to use and includes all Owen's best-known poems. I'd have given five stars except that, curiously, Owen's preface to his work is mis-formatted so that it is laid out like a poem instead of prose. But this is only a minor niggle (though perhaps one that can be fixed in a future edition?)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Arsenault on February 2, 2007
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Here in this book you will find some of the finest poetry that any author from Britain has ever produced. Owen writes with style and uses words in such a beautiful way that one can only wonder how he was able to do it. His non-war poems are just as astounding as his war poems and this collection is great for any reader of poetry. Highly recommended, this book will not dissapoint.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2003
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Seeing a posting for a new biography of Wilfred Owen reminded me to return to this anthology of his poems. Every war has produced great poets and WWI was fixed in our minds by the sensitive words of Siegfried Sassoon and especially Wilfred Owen. Writing from the trenches Owen managed to keep his eyes and mind and heart wide open while he witnessed the horrid plunder that surrounded him.. That he was able to transpose these experiences into the transcendentally beautiful poems that fill this book is a major wonder. Yes, WWII had WH Auden et al and the hungry monster machine of war was again made into words. And poets wrote of Korea, of Vietnam, and other countries' poets wrote of other wars. But again the threats and facts cloud our lives and world, and their words seemingly fall on deaf ears. Would that we could take heed of the poems of such perfection as those here by Wilfred Owen. This is the time to study this book........daily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan Anne Jenkins on August 26, 2010
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I don't typically like poetry, but I look at this book at least once a month. Wilfred Owen's writing is amazing. It helps that I'm interested in WWI in general, so if that's not of interest to you then maybe it's one to avoid. Five stars...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Temple on May 20, 2009
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I am not a poetry nut, I usually can't stomach the stuff. However, this is an exceptional read that can only be summarized as moving. When he describes teaching Christ to drill all day, it was a jaw dropping moment. I have not done the description justice but I invite you to read it for yourself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By O. Debowy on September 4, 2006
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I was first exposed to the poems of Wilfred Owen in high school and it has had a lasting inpact on my appreciation of poetry and the horrors of war. The imagery that Owen uses in his classic Dolce et Decurum est about the callacousness and futility of modern warefare leaves one with both awe and disgust, especially when concluded by the saying sweetness and honor is to die for one's country. Tragically whose knows what Owen might have produced had he lived longer.
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