• Full title Poems (Wilfred Owen)
  • Published 1920
  • Formats Book , Poem
  • Creator Wilfred Owen
  • Held by British Library
  • Copyright © The Wilfred Owen Literary Estate. This item can be used for your own private study and research. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Shelfmark Cup.410.f.490



Poems was edited by Wilfred Owen’s friend and mentor Siegfried Sassoon with the assistance of Edith Sitwell and first published in 1920. It contains many of Owen’s best known works including ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, and ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’. His poems are written in a colloquial, realistic style which describes vividly the horrors of trench warfare. They were a shocking antidote to the patriotic verse most people were familiar with at the time. Such was the impact of Owen’s work that for many, his poems informed their understanding of the hell on earth that was the Western Front. Owen was to see only five of his poems published during his lifetime. He was killed on patrol on 4 November 1918, a week before the armistice was signed.