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Memorial to British World War One poets to open in France

A house in France will become the backdrop for four famous British World War One poets.

Catherine Field writes in the International Herald Tribune,

If you stand in the cellar of the old house on the edge of a dank forest in this northern French village, you are likely to shiver. But not from the cold.

This tiny room, its darkness pierced by a silvery beam of winter sun, exhales the breath of history. It is here that one the greatest poets of World War I, Wilfred Owen, wrote his last letter to his mother.

Thanks to the resolve of the mayor of Ors, Jacky Duminy, the house where Owen wrote his final lines will become a museum and amphitheatre for the war poetry of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Edward Thomas and their contemporaries.