This two day tour begins where Owen first saw action on the Somme in 1917. Here the experiences occurred which were to shape and inform his most famous poems. On Day 2 we follow Owen and the men he commanded from the Manchesters to key locations on the Hindenburg Line during the last 100 days of the war and on to the crossing of the Sambre Canal in November 1918 a week before the Armistice was declared, ending by his grave in Ors cemetery.
Underpinning the tour is an enduring fascination with the enigma and phenomenal achievement of a writer and soldier whose considerable literary reputation and popularity depends on about thirty poems written in fourteen months spanning 1917 and 1918.
The tour will not only study these poems in detail at locations where the events took place but will also look at how Owen changed in the last 100 days of the war – what inspired him to lead his men in an almost suicidal assault across a major water obstacle in broad daylight a matter of days before the war was to end, a fact that would have almost certainly been known to him?
In addition, our expert guides will challenge preconceptions about Owen’s poetry and offer a tantalising glimpse of what might have been had he lived.
This tour is specifically designed to support:
AQA A Level - English A module - WW1 and its aftermath