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Douglas Kerr

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198123705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123705.001.0001

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The Disciplines of the Wars

The Disciplines of the Wars

(p.145) 10 The Disciplines of the Wars
Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

After several unproductive months spent in England, Owen moved to Bordeaux, France, in September 1913 to teach. Although the initial omens did not seem to be very inviting as he could not study at university, and his health was under threat again, his move soon proved to be, in fact, very successful. This move, however, did not bring him fortune as he was paid poorly by the Berlitz school. As he widened his acquaintances, he worked harder and was able to acquire a few private pupils and this furthered his career as an English freelance teacher. By the end of July 1914 when he resigned from the Berlitz school, Owen was felt that he had achieved independent. In less than two weeks, he was involved in a war in which he would be immersed into a different kind of discipline and institution. Owen joined the army in October 1915, and this chapter illustrates his experiences at war and as a member of the army.

Keywords:   Bordeaux, Berlitz school, freelance English teacher, independence, war, institution, discipline, army

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