How did Keats influence Wilfred Owen? What was Owen's relationship to Sassoon, Day Lewis, Bluden and Rosenberg?

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Wilfred Owen discovered John Keats when he was still in school and his letters attest the degree to which he admired and was influenced by the earlier Romantic poetic. Critics have notes that the stylistic influence is apparent in both diction and rhythmical effects, especially in Owen`s earlier work.

Several poets wrote about the experience of World War I, including Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden, and Isaac Rosenberg. Owen was contemporary with them. They were similar in using traditional rather than modernist verse technique and depicting the stark realities of the trenches to emphasize the horrors of war.

Cecil Day Lewis is generally considered as belonging to a slightly later post-war school along with Auden and Spender, that developed in part in reaction to the war poets.


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