We decided that this weeks reading should be from the pen of Wilfred Owen. This utterly compelling and powerful reading by Kenneth Branagh is one of the best readings of Owen’s poem we have managed to find for you. It really evokes the anger and dejection at the injustices and horrors of war that Owen was trying to present to the reader. Sadly, as we all know, Owen would never live to further cement his works in literature, having been killed just before the War ended, which is the cruelest poetic injustice of them all. What he did leave us with though, was one of the strongest poetic voices of all time.
First World War poetry is, to us, one of the most powerful chapters in the literary identity of the 20th Century, speaking as a warning that has come down to us through the ages. A warning that has sadly been ignored on many occasions. This piece rightfully deserves its place in the pantheon of the greatest poems of all time.
We invite you to take a minute out of your day and reflect on this poem and it’s reading. Leave your thoughts below.