Talk:Anthem for Doomed Youth (Stallworthy edition)

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Edition: 1917
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The following table shows proofreading comparison between multiple online sources with differential links. Sources that exactly match the current text are not different, thus have no such links. Line numbers are visible by following any of the differential links below.

Source Notes
original draft (final?) Adds indentation that seems relatively consistent with other original drafts; prepends dash to 02; adds "now" to 05 or 06 at an indeterminate location, probably 05 after "mockeries" based on other sources; removes comma in 07. same (diff) changes 05 from "mockeries for them" to "mockeries now for them" and "bells," to "bells;"; changes 10 from "boys, but" to "boys but"; removes stanza break after 08.
WOMDA (diff) prepends dash to 02; changes 05 from "bells," to "bells;"; changes 10 from "boys, but" to "boys but"; changes 11 "goodbyes" to "good-byes".
Harold B. Lee Library (diff) prepends dash to 02; changes 05 from "mockeries for them" to "mockeries now for them" and "bells," to "bells;"; changes 10 from "boys, but" to "boys but".
Lancaster University (diff) prepends dash 02 and 03; removes period in 04; changes 05 from "No mockeries for them; no prayers" to "No mockeries now for them; nor prayers"; removes comma in 06 and appends dash; removes period in 11; removes comma in 13.

Based on the above sources, in particular the original (apparently final) draft, I added indentation and prepended a dash to 02. —{admin} Pathoschild 21:16, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

All of Owens poems were published after his death. In some aspects there are not really any final drafts since he never went through the steps of preparing them for publication. I personally prefer the editions found here for his poetry. As they have examined all available manuscripts (linked below the text) and picked the given version. But I am trying to resist insisting on using that version because I am trying to convince myself that a perfect edition doesn't really exist. (Otherwise I think WS will drive me nuts if I try to find perfect edition for everything) --BirgitteSB 05:20, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
That version changes "goodbyes" to "good-byes", but since that doesn't occur in any of the manuscripts or other versions I think it's probably a mistake. The only other differences are two punctuation changes, after "bells" and "boys" (see the table above). Those punctuation changes don't appear in any of the manuscripts, but they are mirrored in several online versions. I favour the current punctuation, which seems to match the flow and meaning more accurately. I don't think there's a definitive version we can refer to, unfortunately. —{admin} Pathoschild 19:15, 23 November 2006 (UTC)


wikilink Sherurcij (talk) (λεμα σαβαχθανει) 17:58, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Added. —{admin} Pathoschild 20:18, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

1920 edition[edit]

A 1920 edition of Poems by Wilfred Owen has this poem, and is on wikisource here. Suicidalhamster 17:40, 15 June 2008 (UTC)