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As a part of his therapy at Craiglockhart, Owen's doctor, Arthur Brock, encouraged Owen to translate his experiences, specifically the experiences he relived in his dreams, into poetry. Sassoon, who was becoming influenced by Freudian psychoanalysisaided him here, showing Owen through example what poetry could do.
Sassoon's use of satire influenced Owen, who tried his hand at writing "in Sassoon's style". Further, the content of Owen's verse was undeniably changed by his work with Sassoon.
Sassoon's emphasis on realism and "writing from experience" was contrary to Owen's hitherto romantic-influenced style, as seen in his earlier sonnets. Owen was to take both Sassoon's gritty realism and his own romantic notions and create a poetic synthesis that was both potent and sympathetic, as summarised by his famous phrase "the pity of war".
In this way, Owen's poetry is quite distinctive, and he is, by many, considered a greater poet than Sassoon. Nonetheless, Sassoon contributed to Owen's popularity by his strong promotion of his poetry, both before and after Owen's death, and his editing was instrumental in the making of Owen as a poet.
Owen's poems had the benefit of strong patronage, and it was a combination of Sassoon's influence, support from Edith Sitwelland the preparation of a new and fuller edition of the poems in by Edmund Blunden that ensured his popularity, coupled with a revival of interest in his poetry in the s which plucked him out of a relatively exclusive readership into the public eye.
There were many other influences on Owen's poetry, including his mother. His letters to her provide an insight into Owen's life at the front, and the development of his philosophy regarding the war. Graphic details of the horror Owen witnessed were never spared. Owen's experiences with religion also heavily influenced his poetry, notably in poems such as "Anthem for Doomed Youth", in which the ceremony of a funeral is re-enacted not in a church, but on the battlefield itself, and " At a Calvary near the Ancre ", which comments on the Crucifixion of Christ.
Owen's experiences in war led him further to challenge his religious beliefs, claiming in his poem "Exposure" that "love of God seems dying". Only five of Owen's poems were published before his death, one in fragmentary form. However, most of them were published posthumously: Owen's full unexpurgated opus is in the academic two-volume work The Complete Poems and Fragments by Jon Stallworthy. Many of his poems have never been published in popular form.
Harold Owen, Wilfred's sister-in-law, donated all of the manuscripts, photographs and letters which her late husband had owned to the University of Oxford 's English Faculty Library.
These can be accessed by any member of the public on application in advance to the English Faculty librarian. An important turning point in Owen scholarship occurred in when the New Statesman published a stinging polemic 'The Truth Untold' by Jonathan Cutbill,  the literary executor of Edward Carpenterwhich attacked the academic suppression of Owen as a poet of homosexual experience.
Relationship with Sassoon Owen held Siegfried Sassoon in an esteem not far from hero-worship, remarking to his mother that he was "not worthy to light [Sassoon's] pipe". The relationship clearly had a profound impact on Owen, who wrote in his first letter to Sassoon after leaving Craiglockhart "You have fixed my life — however short".
Sassoon wrote that he took "an instinctive liking to him",  and recalled their time together "with affection". He was stationed on home-duty in Scarborough for several months, during which time he associated with members of the artistic circle into which Sassoon had introduced him, which included Robbie Ross and Robert Graves.
He also met H. Wells and Arnold Bennettand it was during this period he developed the stylistic voice for which he is now recognised. A blue tourist plaque on the hotel marks its association with Owen. Robert Graves  and Sacheverell Sitwell  who also personally knew him stated that Owen was homosexualand homoeroticism is a central element in much of Owen's poetry.
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Coughing sometimes confined him to bed, and he had a history of bringing up blood and mucus. He wrote begging letters to random literary figures asking for support, a plan he hoped would provide a long-term regular income.
Thomas walked through the bombed-out shell of the town centre with his friend Bert Trick. Upset at the sight, he concluded: Our Country was a romantic tour of Britain set to Thomas's poetry. Poet and critic Walter J. Turner commented in The Spectator"This book alone, in my opinion, ranks him as a major poet".
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Although Taylor disliked him intensely, he stayed for a month, drinking "on a monumental scale", up to 15 or 20 pints of beer a day. In late Thomas turned up at the Taylors' again, this time homeless and with Caitlin. Margaret Taylor let them take up residence in the garden summerhouse. It was there that his father died and the funeral was held. Would some dismaying scene take place at the faculty party?
Would he be offensive, violent, obscene? On returning to Britain Thomas began work on two further poems, "In the white giant's thigh", which he read on the Third Programme in Septemberand the incomplete "In country heaven". The film was never made, with Thomas returning to Wales in February, though his time there allowed him to provide a few minutes of material for a BBC documentary entitled 'Persian Oil'. The second tour was the most intensive of the four, taking in 46 engagements.
He met the deadline only after being locked in a room by Brinnin's assistant, Liz Reitell, and was still editing the script on the afternoon of the performance; its last lines were handed to the actors as they put on their makeup.
They had discussions about collaborating on a "musical theatrical work" for which Thomas would provide the libretto on the theme of "the rediscovery of love and language in what might be left after the world after the bomb.
The first performance in Los Angeles in was introduced with a tribute to Thomas from Aldous Huxley. Reitell's doctor, Milton Feltenstein, put his arm in plaster and treated him for gout and gastritis. It was copied and returned to Thomas, who lost it in a pub in London and required a duplicate to take to America. In the first few months of his sister died from liver cancer, one of his patrons took an overdose of sleeping pills, three friends died at an early age and Caitlin had an abortion.
Dead men naked they shall be one With the man in the wind and the west moon; When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone, They shall have stars at elbow and foot; Though they go mad they shall be sane, Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.
From " And death shall have no dominion " Twenty-five Poems Thomas arrived in New York on 20 October to undertake another tour of poetry-reading and talks, organised by Brinnin.
On his last night in London he had another in the company of his fellow poet Louis MacNeice. The next day he visited a doctor for a smallpox-vaccination certificate. Brinnin, who was director of the Poetry Centre, did not travel to New York but remained in Boston to write. She met Thomas at Idlewild Airport and was shocked at his appearance, as he "looked pale, delicate and shaky, not his usual robust self". Despite Reitell's previous misgivings about their relationship, they spent the rest of the day and night together.
Sometime during the night, my boy was taken from me forever. I found him the next morning in his bed, lifeless. The misdiagnosis was actually a swift and deadly form of bacterial meningitis. Have you ever felt such incredible emotion as losing your child? Unimaginable, until it happens to you. In fact, it intensifies. I remember thinking… how can I ever be happy again? My journal became my safe haven to empty the well of my sorrow, pouring tears of ink onto paper.
And for a little while, I could let my emotions rest. I had to survive this. I had three living children who needed a whole mother. I was not willing to sacrifice my role in their lives by succumbing to paralyzing grief. Words pulled me and pushed me.