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Wilfred Owen's Half-Known Roads

Poet Paul Farley investigates the people and places which shaped Wilfred Owen's life and work.

He visits Broxton in Cheshire where Owen first felt called to poetry and Dunsden in Oxfordshire where the poet lost his faith, but developed his empathy with the poor. He also goes to Craiglockhart, the hospital for shell-shocked soldiers in Edinburgh where Owen met Siegfreid Sassoon and developed his true voice, and he climbs to the attic room in Ripon where Owen wrote some of his most powerful poems.

Farley talks to people living in these places now and to historians, and travels to the Sambre-Oise canal, where Owen was killed, to visit his grave in nearby Ors.