Wilfred Owen: Poems

after the wildest beauty of war take this coat from the poem

Take this coat from the poem

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The soldier says his hope is the same as the speaker's; he also tells him he once went hunting for beauty in the world, but that beauty made a mockery of time. He knows the truth of what he did, which is "the pity of war, the pity war distilled", but now he can never share it.