Wilfred Owen - Quotes

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Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.

Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.

If I have got to be a soldier, I must be a good one, anything else is unthinkable. ---->>>

My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.

My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.

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! ---->>>

I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest life liveable was a Poet's. ---->>>

Be bullied, be outraged, be killed, but do not kill. ---->>>

The English say, Yours Truly, and mean it. The Italians say, I kiss your feet, and mean, I kick your head. ---->>>

All I ask is to be held above the barren wastes of want. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Numbers of the old people cannot read. Those who can seldom do. ---->>>

She is elegant rather than belle. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.

Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both.

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. ---->>>

Flying is the only active profession I would ever continue with enthusiasm after the War. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

All theological lore is becoming distasteful to me. ---->>>

I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical generality and vagueness. ---->>>

I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law. ---->>>

I don't ask myself, is the life congenial to me? But, am I fitted for, am I called to, the Ministry? ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: March 18, 1893
Birthplace:
Die: 11-04, 1918
Occupation: Soldier
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Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his 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 (wikipedia)