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(4.7 stars; 7 reviews)

A collection of poems by the English war poet and soldier of the First World War, Wilfred Owen. Owen is regarded by historians as the leading poet of the First World War, known for his war poetry on the horrors of trench and gas warfare. It stood in stark contrast to both the public perception of war at the time, and to the confidently patriotic verse written earlier by war poets such as Rupert Brooke. Only five of Owen's poems had been published before his death, one of which was in fragmentary form. Only one week before the end of the war, whilst attempting to traverse a canal, he was shot in the head and killed. (Summary modified from Wikipedia) (0 hr 56 min)


00 - Preface 1:50 Read by David Richardson
01 - Strange Meeting 4:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
02 - Greater Love 1:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
03 - Apologia pro Poemate Meo 2:23 Read by Phil Chenevert
04 - The Show 2:07 Read by Winston Tharp
05 - Mental Cases 1:57 Read by Snapdragon
06 - Parable of the Old Men and the Young 1:14 Read by Snapdragon
07 - Arms and the Boy 0:52 Read by Verity Kendall
08 - Anthem for Doomed Youth 1:22 Read by Lucy Perry
09 - The Send-off 1:17 Read by Winston Tharp
10 - Insensibility 2:58 Read by Snapdragon
11 - Dulce et Decorum est 2:02 Read by Phil Chenevert
12 - The Sentry 2:06 Read by Winston Tharp
13 - The Dead-Beat 1:47 Read by Martin Geeson
14 - Exposure 3:23 Read by Chuck Williamson
15 - Spring Offensive 3:42 Read by Ruth Golding
16 - The Chances 1:46 Read by Martin Geeson
17 - S. I. W. 3:17 Read by Martin Geeson
18 - Futility 1:24 Read by Martin Geeson
19 - Smile, Smile, Smile 2:04 Read by Chuck Williamson
20 - Conscious 1:21 Read by David Richardson
21 - A Terre 4:04 Read by Snapdragon
22 - Wild with all Regrets 2:38 Read by Snapdragon
23 - Disabled 3:53 Read by Chuck Williamson
24 - The End 1:23 Read by David Richardson


Owen's poetry -- well-read on the whole

(3.5 stars)

With a few exceptions, these poems -- all among the greatest lines ever scrawled during the Great War -- are read with all the solemnity, bitter humor and pity they deserve. I personally would've preferred more English readers, but the American readers generally do a better job than not.

Wilfred Owen's poems, wonderfully read.

(5 stars)

This Librivox offering deserves a huge audience, especially among the many young people who study these poems. Most of the readers give very fine renditions of these beautiful and terrible verses.