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Title: The Development of the Poetry of Wilfred Owen.
Author: Breen, J. M.
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 1974
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This study of Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is divided into two sections. Part I consists of a concise biography, which is based on Wilfred Owen's Collected Letters, Harold Owen's Journey from Obscurity, and several other oral and written sources. The main topics of Part I are Owen's vocation to become a poet and the development of his personality from 1915 to 1917. Many details about Owen's life contribute to the subsequent explication of his poetry_ Part II of this dissertation begins with an attempt, as far as it is possible from those of Owen's MSS. that are now accessible, to advance the editing and dating of his published and unpublished poems. The appendices contain, firstly, a list of precise and approximate dates for those of Owen's poems which have either been published, mentioned in print, or made available in MSS. in the British Museum and elsewhere; and secondly, edited transcripts of the unpublished poems to which I refer in my text. The remainder of Part II comprises an evaluation and interpretation of Owen's poetry. My criticism of Owen's early and mature poems traces the way in which he explored the meaning of violence and death, the relationship between man and Nature, and the lineaments of love and sacrifice. This analysis discusses how Owen's mature war poetry relates to his previous use of poetic imagery and to his early exercises in the use of various forms and techniques: in his accomplished war poems, his parodies and ironic inversions of conventional imagery and forms helped to revitalize the Romantic tradition of English poetry. The concluding chapter assesses Owen's place in modern English literature and his influence on later British poets.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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