Wilfred Owen

(1893-1918 / Shropshire / England)

As Bronze May Be Much Beautified - Poem by Wilfred Owen

As bronze may be much beautified
By lying in the dark damp soil,
So men who fade in dust of warfare fade
Fairer, and sorrow blooms their soul.

Like pearls which noble women wear
And, tarnishing, awhile confide
Unto the old salt sea to feed,
Many return more lustrous than they were.

But what of them buried profound,
Buried where we can no more find.
Who ( )
Lie dark for ever under abysmal war?


Comments about As Bronze May Be Much Beautified by Wilfred Owen

  • (6/22/2018 8:44:00 PM)


    I like the style of writing in this poem. What a price to pay in war though... Thanks for sharing Wilfred Owen. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (6/22/2018 6:14:00 PM)


    I highly agree with Robert Murray Smith and Ruta Mohapatra. When Wilfred Owen speaks of war, he speaks of which he knew. I keep getting flipped out of this poem to the next poem- is anyone else having this problem? (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (6/22/2018 2:34:00 PM)


    Very nice poem with lofty examples.. tony (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/22/2018 11:01:00 AM)


    Unto the old salt sea to feed! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (6/22/2018 9:32:00 AM)


    Much more darkness is buried under the starkness of war (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/22/2018 7:35:00 AM)


    Great artwork.... It has a lot of meaning in war context (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (6/22/2018 7:29:00 AM)


    Profound images of war's futility by a great war poet (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/22/2018 4:26:00 AM)


    This First World War poet died too young. A sad loss to the world of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (6/22/2018 2:22:00 AM)


    A thought for the unknown soldiers of wars whose contribution is as significant as the celebrated ones. Nicely penned! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/22/2018 1:50:00 AM)


    Such a great poem by Wilfred Owen👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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