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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 Modern Voice

A Modern Voice

(p.257) 15 A Modern Voice
Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

Although the roots of Owen's romantic dedication to poets, the ‘life of a Poet’, and to poetry in general are said to be established even before he moved to France in 1913, it cannot be denied that his stay in France also served as one of the most integral factors that influenced his understanding of ‘the profession of author’. His move to France was motivated by how he wanted to veer away from conservatism and provincialism. France became Owen's own school of modernity since this is where he initiated thoughts regarding what it meant to be a writer in the modern world. He also had to make much effort in terms of his French since the need to communicate in Bordeaux were far from where classroom French could take him. In spite of how he did not acquire formal teaching, he encountered several French writers whose tastes had established their reputations.

Keywords:   romantic dedication, France, profession of author, conservatism, provincialism, modernity, French

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