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Record 21898

Reading Experience:

'Owen seems to have started reading Swinburne in earnest in 1916. When he returned to the front in 1918, knowing that he would kill and probably be killed, he took volumes of both Shelley and Swinburne with him, but after he had been in action he sent the Shelley back to Shrewsbury, keeping only Swinburne's "Poems and Ballads", the one book of poetry still in his kit at his death'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1916 and 4 Nov 1918
Country: France and England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: among other places, on a French battlefield
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Wilfred Owen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Mar 1893
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: soldier and poet
Religion: none
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: France and England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Title: Poems and Ballads
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 21898  
Source - Print  
  Author: Dominic Hibberd
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Owen the Poet
  Place of Publication: Basingstoke
  Date of Publication: 1986
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 56
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Dominic Hibberd, Owen the Poet (Basingstoke, 1986), p. 56,, accessed: 30 March 2023

Additional comments:



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