Wilfred Owen: Poems

Strange Meeting by Wilfred Owen

Please explain the lines.

Courage was mine, and I had mystery,

Wisdom was mine, and I had mastery:

To miss the march of this retreating world

Into vain citadels that are not walled.

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The speaker felt he had mastery and a sense of control during the war. The war was a time when he excelled. Now he feels the reality of war. He sees how war changes the world. Civilization runs away from the war and changes. Soldiers feel left behind.