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1914 Summary & Analysis
by Wilfred Owen

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"1914" is a sonnet by the British poet and soldier Wilfred Owen about the outbreak of World War I. The poem laments the destructiveness of war and compares the rise and fall of Western civilization to the progression of the seasons. WWI has thrust the world into a dark winter, the speaker says, and it's unclear whether a new spring will follow—that is, if civilization can be renewed. Owen was killed in action at the age of 25 in 1918, just before the war's end. "1914" was published posthumously.

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