Wilfred Edward Salter Owen born 18 March 1893 died 4 November 1918 was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of the trench and gas warfare he started doing poetry to tell the stories of the trenches he also was heavily influenced by his friend and mentor Siegfried Sassoon, and stood in stark contrast both to the public perception of war at the time and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets such as Rupert Brooke . his poetry gave such a detailed view on the war he described the life in the trenches and the horrors of gas warfare.
From his works Dulce et Decorum est, Insensibility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility
Dulce et Decorum est
Its vibrant imagery and searing tone make it an unforgettable excoriation of WWI, and it has found its way into both literature and history courses as a paragon of textual representation of the horrors of the battlefield. It was written in 1917 while Owen was at Craiglockhart, revised while he was at either Ripon or Scarborough in 1918, and published posthumously in 1920. One version was sent to Susan Owen, the poet 's mother, with the inscription, "Here is a gas poem done yesterday (which is not private, but not final)." The poem paints a battlefield scene of soldiers trudging along only to be interrupted by poison gas. One soldier does not get his helmet on in time and is thrown on the back of the wagon where he coughs and