Wilfred Owen: Poems

what does the poet Wilfred Owen mean by the phrase"Wildest beauty in the world" in his "Strange Meeting"?


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The "hunting wild after the wildest beauty in the world" corresponds to Owen's high-sounding quest for beauty and truth which in former days he believed he had inherited from Keats and Shelley but which was really a substitute for thought and experiences he had not yet undergone. A continuation along these lines might have achieved something but not what was to be the core of his short life's work: The pity of war, the pity distilled. This is a great excerpt from the Wilfred Owen Association of U.K. You can find the link below.