Owen was a great admirer of Sassoon’s poetry (in a surviving letter he refers to him as “Keats and Christ and Elijah”) and it was under his influence and supervision that Owen persevered as a poet, going on to pen some of his most famous war pieces.
As the first war poem to refer to poppies as a symbol of remembrance, the poem is still read across the world on Remembrance Day. McRae was a Canadian doctor and Lieutenant Colonel in the First World War, fighting and overseeing medical care in Boulogne with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".
In Flanders Fields by Linda Granfield The story of John McCrae's World War I poem interweaves the poet's words with information about the war, details of daily life in the trenches, accounts of McCrae's experience in his field hospital, and the circumstances that contributed to the poem's creation.
If you don’t own it already, treat yourself to a copy of Philip Larkin: Collected Poems. Well worth it, for the price of lunch. If you enjoyed this pick of the best Larkin poems, check out our pick of the best poems by John Betjeman and seven of the greatest Dylan Thomas poems.