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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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Praying Together

Praying Together

(p.67) 6 Praying Together
Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

Susan, Owen's mother, had arranged for Wilfred Owen to meet with the vicar of Kidmore End, Revd Herbert Robson, in Oxfordshire as she believed that his future may have been in the Church. Owen thus visited the clergyman in June 1911, despite the fact that he had sought to try to get a university scholarship. After Mr Robson had given advice and had prepared notes for Owen, he soon revealed that he wanted Owen to become the parson's ‘assistant’ wherein Owen would have to deal with correspondence, work, and other such matters within the parish. As Wilfred Owen did become assistant, this part of his life brought about certain developments towards his formation as a poet. This chapter looks into Evangelical Anglicanism in analysing the significance of Wilfred's involvement and how this affected the poet's language.

Keywords:   Susan, Revd Herbert Robson, assistant, parish, Evangelical Anglicanism, involvement, language

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