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Wilfred Owen’s Edinburgh stay echoes through history

Having shaped his voice during his convalescence in the capital, the war poet’s invectives recall the plight of the Grenfell Tower victims and others

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s convalescent trip to Edinburgh to recover from shell shock, where he famously met his great collaborator Siegfried Sassoon and honed his voice as an anti-war poet. It’s a great opportunity to highlight Owen’s value and continuing relevance to my students.

In Dulce et Decorum Est, Owen’s voice trembles with the injustice of his generation’s fate. He feels exploited by the propaganda utilised by his government and the media to coerce naive young men into joining the armed forces, cajoled along with rich promises of heroism and lectures on ...

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