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The Next War Summary & Analysis
by Wilfred Owen

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"The Next War" is a sonnet written in 1917 by British poet and World War I soldier Wilfred Owen, while he was being treated for shell shock (now referred to as posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD) at Craiglockhart Hospital. In the poem, Owen conveys the psychological horrors of war as well as his cynicism about its aims and effectiveness. Owen believed that rather than saving lives or furthering glorious, patriotic causes, wars only caused more death and led to future violence. Thus, although Owen wrote the poem in the form a traditional sonnet, the poem challenges traditional notions regarding the patriotism and glory of war.

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