War Poet Wilfred Owen To Be Remembered By 100 Days Of Events In Shropshire

Posted on August 6, 2018

Shrewsbury Heritage said the project ends on 11 November, the 100th anniversary of the telegram announcing his death arriving in the town. The Oswestry-born poet is known for poems recording the horrors of trench warfare. These include Dulce Et Decorum Est, Anthem for Doomed Youth and Strange Meeting. Owen was killed in the final week of World War One, shot by German machine guns as British forces unsuccessfully tried to bridge a canal in northern France. Maggie Love, creative director at Shrewsbury Heritage, one of the partners involved in Wilfred Owen 100, said she thought “the stunning rural county” of Shropshire had a “huge influence” on his life. She said: “We know he had an interest in the flora and fauna of the county. Perhaps that gave him some of the inspiration to find the words in which he described the horror of war.”

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