Wilfred Owen – Soldier and Poet. Wilfred Owen was a war poet who died in action during 1918. He first enlisted in 1915 but returned to Britain after suffering from shell-shock in 1917. It was when he returned, during the period of August 1917-September 1918 that Owen wrote most of his poetry. Poems were very realistic and bleak with a passion to show the true “Pity of War.” He was awarded a Military Cross for his bravery in October 1918 when he led a group of men to storm enemy strongholds. His poetry is known for being realistic and a contrast to most public and popular portrayals of war at the time. He strove to tell the truth about the trenches. His popular poems include Dulce et Decorum est and Strange Meeting.