Kate Kennedy is the editor of 'The Silent Morning' a collection of essays on the cultural impact of the First World War and is one of the organisers of conference 'Wilfred Owen and Beyond' (26-27 October). Here she talks enthusiastically about Wilfred Owen, his upbringing, his early career as a soldier and the way in which his style, influences and influencers impact on his poetry.
At this time Owen came to call himself "A conscientious objector with a very seared conscience".
He was killed on 4 November 1918 while leading an attack to cross a canal during which almost all of them are shot.
There was little public exposure of Owen's poetry during the war, with only five poems published before his death.
After the war Owen was promoted by Sassoon and his acolytes, with a collection of his poems published in 1920 and then in 1933. It was however, with an anthologised collection of the War poets in the 1960s that saw Owen's rise to fame with poems such as 'Up the line to death'.