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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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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons

(p.25) 3 Fathers and Sons
Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

Harold Owen initially attempted to compose a biography of his brother Wilfred. However, he subsequently realized that isolating him from the rest of the family would bring about unnecessary modifications to the whole image of his brother. This chapter adopts Harold Owen's assertion that the poet can be best understood through also providing an account of his family's company and history. Owen's family was said to have certain social and economic troubles, and that they could have been in better situations since they often appeared to be short in terms of their finances. As sacrifice proved to be important since members of the family, especially Tom Owen, were initially face with difficult circumstances, sacrifice served as one of the major themes in Owen's war poetry. This chapter sees how sacrifice which is furthered with Christian imagery, was manifested in a variety of forms in Owen's works.

Keywords:   Harold Owen, Tom Owen, family history, sacrifice, war poetry, Christian imagery

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