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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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Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

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Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

As established in the previous chapters, Owen's family grew up while utilizing its own resources. With the exception of some members of the clergy and those who could be considered as religiously active people selected by their mother, the children in the family were in a significant way isolated from others children of their own age. Since the children were not exposed to much in the way of organised games, they had to figure out ways of improvising so that they could keep themselves entertained. Since Mary, Wilfred's sister, developed what was termed as an ‘obsessive devotion’ to taking care of their mother who was ill and bedridden, the brothers Wilfred, Harold, and Colin became close. This chapter sees how Wilfred Owen took seriously his role as ‘third parent’ since the age gap between him and his siblings was significant. Also, Harold explains how his older brother joined the Artists' Rifles while at the army.

Keywords:   Mary, Harold, Colin, Wilfred, Artists' Rifles, army, age gap, third parent

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