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OWEN, W.: Great Poets (The) (The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen)

Author(s):Owen, Wilfred
Artist(s) Lesser, Anton, Reader
Genre Spoken Word
Category Poetry
Catalogue NA0150
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps

No poet is more closely identified with the First World War than Wilfred Owen. His striking body of work, grim to the point of brutality yet, at the same time, majestic and awe-inspiring, defines the war for us.

It is in each of these famous poems that Owen reflects on the four terrible months that he lived through; he conveys the experience of war, the death, the destruction and the filth, through a unique poetic language and a bold artistic vision.

This anthology collects 49 of Owen’s iconic poems and serves not only as a perfect introduction to his verse but also as a commemoration of the sacrifice that was made by an entire generation of young men.


Review By Rachel Redford,The Oldie,February 2014

These 49 poems show what Owen intended: the pity and truth of war. The Parable of the Old Man and the Young re-works the story of Abraham and Isaac. Owen’s ‘old man’ refuses to slay the ‘Ram of Pride’ and instead kills ‘his son / And half the seed of Europe, one by one’. All are enhanced by the infinitely sympathetic reading, but the force of anger beneath the understatement makes the one, for me, the most memorable. © 2014 The Oldie

Review By Publishers Weekly,November 2013

English actor and veteran narrator Anton Lesser will be narrating the audio edition of The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen, which is part of Naxos AudioBooks’s Great Poets series. This collection contains all of the major (and lesser-known) poems that Owen wrote during the course of World War I, before his death in the last days before the Armistice in 1918. © 2013 Publishers Weekly


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