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Anthem for Doomed Youth

Anthem for Doomed Youth is one of the best-known and most popular of Wilfred Owen's poems.

It was written in 1917, when Owen was a patient at Craiglockhard Military Hospital near Edinburgh, recovering from shell shock. The poem itself is a lament[?] for young soldiers whose lives were unnecessarily lost in World War I. Owen, having met another poet, Siegfried Sassoon, at Craiglockhart, asked for his assistance in polishing the final version of the poem, and it was Sassoon who suggested the word "anthem" in the title. The amended manuscript copy, in both men's handwriting, still exists.



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