Other literary forms
Like many of the poets and artists of his time, Wilfred Owen professed a strong interest in the theater and supposedly drafted a play while recovering from shell shock in Craiglockhart military hospital in 1917, although no manuscript has appeared. Owen’s letters, which have been collected, deserve mention for two reasons. First, the style reflects both the poetic temper of the man and the adherence to detail reflective of an age of correspondence that will probably never return. Second, and perhaps more important, Owen’s letters record the transitions typical of most British soldiers who survived on the front for a long time: from resolve to do the soldier’s duty, to disgust, fear, and depression, to the solemn acceptance of fate that extended service produced. One is fascinated by Owen’s attempt to depict his life on the front for his naïve family and friends, as well as his ability to do so in spite of censorship.