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The Soldiers' Poet

Saturday 18 November 2006 22:15-22:45 (Radio 3)

Wilfred Owen wrote that he was a 'poets' poet'. He also wrote, in the preface to War Poems, 'Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War'. He is, then, a soldiers' poet.

In the concluding programme of Wilfred Owen Week, serving soldiers - including one who joined as a boy soldier, a woman corporal, a major who, like Owen himself, was awarded the Military Cross, and General Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff - each choose an Owen poem to read.

They speak of the impact it has on them, and on soldiers who have served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Iraq.

Duration:

30 minutes




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