Edward Salter Owen was born 18 March 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire. After school
he became a teaching assistant and in 1913 went to France for two years to work
as a language tutor. He began writing poetry as a teenager.
1915 he returned to England to enlist in the army and was commissioned into the
Manchester Regiment. After spending the remainder of the year training in
England, he left for the western front early in January 1917. After
experiencing heavy fighting, he was diagnosed with shellshock. He was evacuated
to England and arrived at Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh in June.
There he met the poet Siegfried Sassoon, who already had a reputation as a poet
and shared Owen's views. Sassoon agreed to look over Owen's poems, gave him
encouragement and introduced him to literary figures such as Robert Graves.
Sassoon's poems and discussing his work with Sassoon revolutionised Owen's
style and his conception of poetry. He returned to France in August 1918 and in
October was awarded the Military Cross for bravery. On 4 November 1918 he was
killed while attempting to lead his men across the Sambre canal at Ors. The
news of his death reached his parents on 11 November, Armistice Day.
by Sassoon and published in 1920, Owen's single volume of poems contain some of
the most poignant English poetry of World War One, including "Dulce et Decorum
Est" and "Anthem for Doomed Youth".
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Expectationsisabildungsromanwhich depicts the personal growth
and emotional development of an orphan nicknamedPip. It is Charles
Dickens's second novel, afterDavid Copperfield, to be fully
narrated in the first person.It was first published as aserialin Charles Dickens's weekly periodicalAll the Year Round, from 1
December 1860 to August 1861.In October 1861,
the novel was published in three volumes.
It is set in the misty marshes of Kent, and inLondon, in the early to mid-1800s,and
contains some memorable scenes, such as the opening, in a
graveyard, where the young Pip is approached by the escaped prisoner,Abel Magwitch.Great
Expectationsis full of intense imagery – poverty, prison ships and
chains, and fights to the death –and has a variegated cast of
characters who have entered popular culture. These include the spectral Miss Havisham, and the cold and gorgeous Estella. The themes of the novel include
wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the final triumph of good over
Expectationswas his best work, calling it "a very fine idea".
Now let's watch the 1999 BBC television film adaptation of this handsome novel.
Bloom and Condola Rashad have taken on the title characters in a modern adaptation of
the timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy this Broadway stage production of
the Bard’s most well-known tragedy!