‘Mental Cases’ by Wilfred Owen: Writing the horror of shell shock in poetry

David J. Bauman:

Because I failed to post on World Poetry Day, and because I’m dying to read Suzie’s new book . . .

Originally posted on No more wriggling out of writing ......:

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Wilfred Owen

On Friday 21st March it was World Poetry Day. It is often one of those ‘days’ that passes people by, especially if they do not consider themselves a poetry lover. (I don’t think anyone truly dislikes poetry; they just haven’t found the right poet…) The UN states that World Poetry Day reminds us that:

‘Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings’.

As anyone who follows this blog regularly knows, I would agree wholeheartedly with that statement. I adore poetry and like nothing better than a couple of hours browsing an anthology or looking at the Poetry Archive online and discovering someone new; or a poem that expresses just how I am feeling at that time.

Shell Shocked jacket high res jpegA common humanity and a recognition of kinship is something I have been working through in my…

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2 thoughts on “‘Mental Cases’ by Wilfred Owen: Writing the horror of shell shock in poetry

  1. There was a prob on BBC LAST NIGHT…did not get to see it alas…on an unknown (mostly) war poet called Ivor Gurney. He was the only Private who recorded the war in verse…the rest were middle class Officers. Gurney LOVED the farce of war apparently. Hard to believe. kristine.

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