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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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A History of Poetry

A History of Poetry

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(p.231) 14 A History of Poetry
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Wilfred Owen's Voices
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Douglas Kerr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123705.003.0014

In Wifred Owen's poem ‘To Poesy’, he articulated that he had a lot to learn about both classical and modern languages before he could be able to win the favour of Poesy — his muse. Although learning poetry would involve learning its language and being appropriately acquainted with the community's citizens, there were some aspects of English writing that fall short of being encompassed by this curriculum. The literary history of Owen's reading was affected by several different factors that were determined by fashion, by accident, his own taste, and other such factors. The community of poetry in terms of its members and shape is, however, determined by its changing literary theory, and his sense of what poetry is and its use. This chapter adopts a chronological approach in looking into Owen's history of poetry that includes the classics, Dante, and other influences.

Keywords:   To Poesy, modern language, classical language, community of poetry, Dante, literary history

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