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. 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. Pat Barker, in her novel Regeneration, fictionally describes a workshop between the poets based on this letter.