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Wilfred Owen's VoicesLanguage and Community$
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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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English Elegies

English Elegies

(p.277) 16 English Elegies
Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

The possibility for a book of Owen's poetry to be published during the last winter and spring of his life caused Owen to achieve a different perspective regarding his work. Owen, with the help of Siegfried Sassoon, during this time was developing his own new poetic personality and was increasingly becoming dissatisfied with the old one. As such, he established his own voice as a way of organizing the various discourses involved in his experience that resulted in an urgent and expressive melange. As he was contemplating some of the editorial decisions for his upcoming book, he had to think much about the general shape of his work and how his poems were connected with one another. The titles that Owen came up with reflected his place in the community of poetry. He initially chose a title that hinted elegy through English Elegies which did not suit some of his works, and so he chose other more appropriate titles.

Keywords:   publication, community of poetry, elegy, Siegfried Sassoon, English Elegies

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