Wilfred Owen and Classical Allusion: Strange Meeting
Here is a manuscript of one of Owen's most famous poems 'Strange Meeting'.
Look at the third line and note how Owen settless on the phrase 'titanic wars', crossing out 'nether' and 'plutonic flames'. In doing this he moves the setting from a Christian hell to a classical underworld. What do you think Owen achieves by doing this?
Wilfred Owen and Classical Allusion
This display of manuscripts looks at the classical tradition as an important source of imagery and content for some of Wilfred Owen's poems. Developed for A'level (16-18 years) literature and classical studies.
Created by First World War Poetry Digital Archive.