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The Individual and Society by Department Delhi Department of English University of Delhi

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Dulce et Decorum Est

Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen (1893–1918) is one of the finest poets to emerge out of World War I. Born near Oswestry he was educated locally at Shrewsbury Technical School and the Birkenhead Institute. He tried but failed to get a scholarship to go to London University. After working briefly as a teacher he joined the Artists’ Rifles in 1915, and despite his pacifist views, he fought in France from January 1917 as a second lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment. Severely concussed from a shell explosion in the Somme in the summer of 1917, he spent several days in a bomb crater with the mangled remains of a fellow officer. This traumatic experience resulted in ‘shell shock,’ and he was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital near ...

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