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Wilfred Owen Poems – Five of Our Favorites

Wilfred Owen Poems

November 4 marks the anniversary of British poet Wilfred Owen’s death …

We honor the occasion with five of our favorite Wilfred Owen poems …

Arms and the Boy

Wilfred Owen

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Poems by Wilfred Owen

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Let the boy try along this bayonet-blade
How cold steel is, and keen with hunger of blood;
Blue with all malice, like a madman’s flash;
And thinly drawn with famishing for flesh.

Lend him to stroke these blind, blunt bullet-heads
Which long to muzzle in the hearts of lads.
Or give him cartridges of fine zinc teeth,
Sharp with the sharpness of grief and death.

For his teeth seem for laughing round an apple.
There lurk no claws behind his fingers supple;
And God will grow no talons at his heels,
Nor antlers through the thickness of his curls.

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