The Dead-Beat

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An early draft of the poem Owen included in a letter to Leslie Gunston in August 1917

"The Dead-Beat" is a poem by Wilfred Owen. It deals with the atrocities of World War I. The final version of the poem was developed while Owen was a patient at Craiglockhart, a hospital for officers suffering mental illness.[1] He received help from the poet Siegfried Sassoon in revising the novel and Owen described the experience in a letter, suggesting that the middle sections needed work.[1] Pat Barker, in her novel Regeneration, fictionally describes a workshop between the poets based on this letter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Joyes, Kaley (2009). "Regenerating Wilfred Owen: Pat Barker's revisions". Mosaic 42 (3): 169–83. ISSN 0027-1276.