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Wilfred Owen: Greatest War Poet in the English Language (1893-1918)

Influences of Wilfred Owen


One of the many influences of Wilfred Owen was Siegfried Sasson. Sasson played a major role in the development of Owen as a writer. It is noted that Sasson served as a mentor to Owen often being a critic of the young poet's work.
Sasson also served as a driving force in him influencing Wilfred Owen to neglect the aspect of his Romantic centered world but to embrace war, "not play with art". During the three-month timeperiod Owen spent with Sasson during his early stage of writing poetry he drafted over a dozen poems.
Moreover, Sasson's contacts in London, placed Owen in the circle of literati he had always hoped to be a part of.

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Natasha Wedderburn
Coral Gables Senior High School
Ms. Munnerlyn
IB/AP English IV