Wilfred Owen wrote poems about the horrors of war from his personal experience whilst serving in the British Army in France during World War One. He demonstrated his love of writing from an early age, throughout his school life and as an English teacher in France. When he saw for himself the effects that war had on people, he enlisted. After being wounded by an explosion in 1917 which also killed a close friend, he suffered shell shock and was sent to recover in Scotland. During this time, he wrote poems about the horrors of war. He returned to fight in France, but was killed a week before the war ended. The Wilfred Owen Association was set up in 1989 and celebrates his life and poetry.
Children could use a Wilfred Owen poem to learn about rhythm and rhyme in poetry, as well as themes around the poetry of war and conflict. Children could use the same poem for inspiration in writing a diary from the trenches and to help them think about their senses and feelings.