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Wilfred Owen
Born 18 March 1893
Oswestry, Shropshire, England
Died 4 November 1918(1918-11-04) (aged 25)
Sambre–Oise Canal, France
Nationality British
Period World War I
Genre War poetry

All a poet can do today is warn.
Do you know what would hold me together on a battlefield? The sense that I was perpetuating the language in which Keats and the rest of them wrote!
Wilfred Owen
All theological lore is becoming distasteful to me.
Numbers of the old people cannot read. Those who can seldom do.
Flying is the only active profession I would ever continue with enthusiasm after the War.
Wilfred Owen
I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law.
Wilfred Owen
I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical generality and vagueness.
Wilfred Owen
Be bullied, be outraged, be killed, but do not kill.
When I begin to eliminate from the list all those professions which are impossible from a financial point of view and then those which I feel disinclined to – it leaves nothing.
Wilfred Owen
Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.
Wilfred Owen
Those who have no hope pass their old age shrouded with an inward gloom.
Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both.
My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
All I ask is to be held above the barren wastes of want.
If I have got to be a soldier, I must be a good one, anything else is unthinkable.
Wilfred Owen
I don't ask myself, is the life congenial to me? But, am I fitted for, am I called to, the Ministry?
Wilfred Owen
I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest life liveable was a Poet's.
Wilfred Owen
A Poem does not grow by jerks. As trees in Spring produce a new ring of tissue, so does every poet put forth a fresh outlay of stuff at the same season.
Wilfred Owen
The war effects me less than it ought. I can do no service to anybody by agitating for news or making dole over the slaughter.
Wilfred Owen
She is elegant rather than belle.
The English say, Yours Truly, and mean it. The Italians say, I kiss your feet, and mean, I kick your head.
Wilfred Owen
After all my years of playing soldiers, and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East, to see fighting, and to serve.
Wilfred Owen