It had been my understanding that Britten chose Owen's poems because he believed they were the most accurate reflection of the sensitivities and experiences of those who fought in the First World War.
Owen's poetry reveals modern warfare as horrific, exploitative and hypocritical. Those are things worth knowing, and worth ensuring that each new generation learns - preferably from reading poems rather than from dying on battlefields. Owen's, to my mind, are of far more value than the slick posturing of certain music critics.
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