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Wilfred Owen Context
This book is not about heroes. English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about
deeds or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, dominion or power,
Above all, this book is not concerned with Poetry.
The subject of it…
Wordsworth: poetry arises from `emotion recollected in tranquility'.
Owen and Sassoon were almost alone in their 1917 opposition to the war.
Owen wrote The Sentry eighteen months after the experience, suggesting that it was an
experience of great intensity.
Owen was diagnosed with shell-shock and thus sent to Craiglockhart, where…