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Dulce Et Decorum Est

Wilfred Owen was a British soldier who was killed in the trenches of World War I.  Before he died, he wrote some powerful anti-war poems.  “Dulce Et Decorum Est,” one of Owen’s most famous poems, was published in 1920.  In this poem, Owen uses irony to refute the idea reflected in the poem’s title that “dying for one’s nation is sweet.”  Instead, he graphically outlines the horror of modern warfare, describing a gas attack.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Term

  • Owen, Wilfred  (Books – Exact Phrase – East Campus)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PR605 .W65
  • PR6029 .W4

Circulating Books and Materials – A Selected List

  • Hibberd, Dominic.  Wilfred Owen: A New Biography.  2003.

                     Call Number:  PR6029 .W4 Z67 2003

  • Hipp, Daniel.  The Poetry of Shell Shock.  2005.

                     Call Number:  PR605 .W65 H57 2005

  • Owen, Wilfred.  The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen.  1965.

                    Call Number:  PR6029 .W4  A6 1965

  • Owen, Wilfred.  Selected Poems and Letters.  2009.

                   Call Number:  PR6029 .W4  A6 2009

  • Puissant, Susanne.  Irony and the Poetry of the First World War. 2009.

                  Call Number:  PR605 .W65 P85 2009

  • Stallworthy, Jon.  Wilfred Owen.  1988.

                  Call Number:  PR6029 .W4  Z855 1988

Reference Materials

  • Critical Survey of Poetry. Call Number:  REF PN1021 .C7 2003

o Volume 5,  page 2878

  • Poetry Criticism.Call Number:  REF PN1010 .P6

o Volume 19,  pages 347-371

o Volume 102,  pages 142-146, 167-172, 203-230, 242-259, 265-276

  • Poetry for Students.Call Number:  REF PN1112 .P752

o Volume 10,  pages 108-124

  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.Call Number:  REF PN771 .G27

o Volume 5,  pages 362-371

o Volume 27,  pages 208-236

Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • JSTOR
  •  Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega 

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