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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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Soldiers and Poets

Soldiers and Poets

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Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

As ‘Disabled’ was first drafted in October 1917 and was revised in July 1918, Owen decided that this would serve as the main poem in Disabled and Other Poems, his first book. This title reflected a category from the language used within the military medical institution. It is the last word in which official language takes on the human subject, and the poem attempted to offer a human meaning. Giving his book the title of Disabled suggested that a truth had been found in which life and feeling are both emphasized. In the poem, we see how Owen pointed out through individual tragedy, a tragic history. In his works, Owen was able to evoke the loss of pleasure and innocence through portraying his image of children in such a way that they were out of sight and reach.

Keywords:   Disabled, Disabled and Other Poems, human subject, human meaning, innocence, pleasure

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