Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Poetry & Responsibility$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Neil Corcoran

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380352

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380352.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 15 December 2017

The Price of Pity

The Price of Pity

Wilfred Owen among the Poets of the First World War

Chapter:
(p.13) Chapter 1 The Price of Pity
Source:
Poetry & Responsibility
Author(s):

Neil Corcoran

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380352.003.0002

This chapter offers a reading of Owen, in the context of other, variant approaches to the poetry of war - in Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg and Ivor Gurney - as a writer anguished by his conflicting responsibilities as poet and army officer. Individual poems are read with a view to exploring the responsibilities involved in his being a ‘lieu-tenant', one who stands in the place of others. In addition to his military rank, his sexuality is also at issue here: and the poem ‘Futility’ is read as a central document of both his sensibility and his struggles. In these contexts, attention is also given to his radicalisation or subversion of traditional English elegy, making it an influential and paradoxical modern kind.

Keywords:   War, Pity, Owen

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.