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Owen the Poet : Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature - Dominic Hibberd

Owen the Poet

Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

Paperback Published: 15th March 1989
ISBN: 9780333491041
Number Of Pages: 244

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In this combined critical study and biography of Wilfred Owen, the author traces his poetic interests and developments and analyzes a number of the later poems. Hibberd based his research on Owen's surviving papers and books. The book is concentrates on three topics: Owen's sexual nature and experience, the consonance between certain recurrent motifs of Decadent literature and recurrent features of Owen's psychic life and the question of Owen's behaviour as a soldier. In each area Hibbert studied the source material for new insights. He discusses the significance for Owen's poetry of many little known elements in his life and shows how Owen's war poems grew out of his earlier verse, presenting it as a culmination rather than rejection of his allegiance to Romanticism. In Hibbert's readings of Owen's work eg "Spring Offensive", he combines close textual analysis with relevant matters from Owen's biography and in addition, he sheds light on other people and events of the period.

List of Illustrations - Preface - The Origins of Poethood - The First Crisis: Religion - Aesthete in France - Preparing for War - The Second Crisis: Shellshock - Sassoon - New Influences: Georgians and Others - The Pity of War - To Suffer without Sign - 'Strange Meeting' - 'Spring Offensive' - Notes on the Chapters - Appendix A: Biographical Notes - Appendix B: Owen's Manuscripts and their Chronology - Appendix C: The Hydra - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333491041
ISBN-10: 0333491041
Series: Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 15th March 1989
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1