"British" World War One Poetry: An Introduction


The poetry of World War One has been some of the most important and influential work of the twentieth century. It has shaped our attitudes to war, and has remained ingrained in British cultural consciousness. In this collection world-leading experts revisit this important body of work to provide deeper insights into some of the most read British soldier poets, as well as providing new perspectives and introductions to a more expansive canon.

This series was produced as part of the Faculty of English Spring School (3-5 April 2014) and is aimed at members of the public, particularly those who have read some World War One poetry and are now seeking a deeper critical appreciation.


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Title: Edmund Blunden

Edmund Blunden

September 22nd, 2014

Margi Blunden, daughter of Edmund Blunden, talks about her father and his work. Go to Episode

Impact of the 1914 – 1918 Poets

September 22nd, 2014

Adrian Barlow looks at the impact of World War One poets in the years immediately following the War, in late 20s and early 30s, and as we embark on the… Go to Episode

Poetry of the Empire

September 22nd, 2014

World War One was a conflict of empire, not of nation. In this lecture Dr Simon Featherstone looks at four distinctive poets who provide a version of… Go to Episode

Siegfried Sassoon

September 22nd, 2014

Meg Crane looks at the war poems of Siegfried Sassoon, framed by the first and last (non-war) poems of his literary career. Meg Crane is a teacher and… Go to Episode