Wilfred Owen was a British poet and soldier who gained renown for his war poetry during World War I. His works were profound and throughout his life, he wrote about the harsh realities of war, highlighting the devastating effects it has on individuals and society.

Early Life

Wilfred Owen was born in Oswestry, Shropshire in 1893. He was one of four children in a middle-class family. From an early age, Owen developed a love for poetry and literature which saw him become the editor of his school magazine at the age of 17. After leaving school, he worked as an English language teacher before volunteering for military service when World War I broke out.

Military Service

Owen joined as an officer with the Manchester Regiment in 1915 but suffered from shell shock after fighting at Vimy Ridge in France. It was while recovering that he met fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon who helped improve Owen's writing style. In fact, Sassoon urged him to write about his experiences on the frontline to illustrate the horrors of war.

Literary Career

After leaving hospital and returning to active duty, Owen continued to write prolifically publishing many poems including "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulce et Decorum Est". His verses were critical of propaganda messages surrounding war at that time.

On November 4th ,1918 just seven days before Armistice Day ended World War One, Wilfred Owen died in action whilst crossing Sambre-Oise Canal near Ors.


Although Wilfred Owen's literary career only spanned around two years,, he left behind many profound poems that revealed the true impact of war on people's lives both physicaly & psychologically . He remains one of Britain’s most celebrated poets who depicted what soldiers consumed during their lifetime spent amidst bullets & barrenness,it is because this that we still study,honour,and celebrate his life more than 100 years after his death.