History of War

WILFRED OWEN THE FINAL LINE, 1918

came out in order to help these boys,” wrote Wilfred Owen to his mother, Susan Owen, in a letter dated September 1917, “directly, by leading them as well as an officer can; indirectly, by watching their sufferings that I may speak of them as well as a pleader can. I have done the first.” Widely regarded as the greatest war poet – and one of the finest of the 20th century – Owen was as focused and as skilled a soldier as he was a bard, his bravery charged by his desire to protect his fellow men

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