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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen was born in Plas Wilmot, Owestry, England. He began writing poetry as a youth, and his early works reflected his religious beliefs. In 1911, as a lay assistant at Dunsden Parish, Owen grew increasingly dissatisfied with the church's relationship to society, and turned his focus to the plight of the poor. From 1913 to 1914, Owen was employed as a tutor of the English language in France. In 1914, he enlisted in the London Regiment, which became the 2nd Artists Rifles Officers Training Corps. Owen entered the war in January 1917, fighting as an officer in the Battle of the Somme. While hospitalized for shell shock, he met poet and novelist Siegfried Sassoon who shared his grim view of the war. Under Sassoon's mentorship, Owen's poetry flourished, expressing the brutal realities of combat in an innovative way. Shot and killed one week before the war ended, Owen was awarded the Military Cross for serving with distinction. Most of his works were published posthumously by Sassoon.

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