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Introduction

Wilfred Owen was a poet of the First World War. He was killed just before the Armistice and the completion of the book of poetry he was working on. His collected poems were published in 1920 by his friend Siegfried Sassoon.

'These elegies are to this generation in no sense consolatory.

They may be to the next generation.  All a poet can do is warn.

Wilfred Owen.  Preface to posthumously collected Poems, 1920