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He fell into a shell hole and suffered concussion; he was blown up by a trench mortar and spent several days unconscious on an embankment lying amongst the remains of one of his fellow officers.

Soon afterward, Owen was diagnosed as suffering from neurasthenia or shell shock and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh for treatment.

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Thomas transferred to Shrewsbury in April 1897 where the family lived with Thomas' parents in Canon Street. He was raised as an Anglican of the evangelical type, and in his youth was a devout believer, in part due to his strong relationship with his mother, which lasted throughout his life.

His early influences included the Bible and the "big six" of romantic poetry, particularly John Keats.

While in Ripon he composed or revised a number of poems, including "Futility" and "Strange Meeting".

His 25th birthday was spent quietly at Ripon Cathedral, which is dedicated to his namesake, St. Owen returned in July 1918, to active service in France, although he might have stayed on home-duty indefinitely.

In return for free lodging, and some tuition for the entrance exam (this has been questioned During this time he attended classes at University College, Reading (now the University of Reading), in botany and later, at the urging of the head of the English Department, took free lessons in Old English.

His time spent at Dunsden parish led him to disillusionment with the Church, both in its ceremony and its failure to provide aid for those in need.The Romantic poets Keats and Shelley influenced much of his early writing and poetry.His great friend, the poet Siegfried Sassoon, later had a profound effect on his poetic voice, and Owen's most famous poems ("Dulce et Decorum est" and "Anthem for Doomed Youth") show direct results of Sassoon's influence.From 1912 he worked as a private tutor teaching English and French at the Berlitz School of Languages in Bordeaux, France, and later with a family.There he met the older French poet Laurent Tailhade, with whom he later corresponded in French.His decision to return was probably the result of Sassoon's being sent back to England, after being shot in the head in an apparent "friendly fire" incident, and put on sick-leave for the remaining duration of the war.

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