“This book is not about heroes. English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except War. Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War.” Wilfred Owen, 1918
To commemorate the Centenary of the end of the First World War, Southwark Cathedral in partnership with the Poetry Society is delighted to host this day of talks on First World War poetry.
Poetry of the First World War continues to have a powerful effect on readers and over the course of the day you will discover the poetry of the First World War which is some of Britain’s most well known and celebrated literature. It has also been the medium through which successive generations have best come to understand the human tragedy of the conflict.
These illustrated talks will take place in the elegant Cathedral Library.
Talks include David Roberts on the lessons of peace, Tony Geraghty on chaos and discipline, Linda Parker on Woodbine Willie, Dr Santanu Das on South Asian Poetry and Song of WW1, and Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson on Robert Graves.
The Poetry Society will screen two filmpoems we commissioned to commemorate the beginning of WW1, and then members of our Young Poets Network will read a selection of classic and contemporary First World War poems, illuminating the days talks and lectures with verse.
Please book tickets via Southwark Cathedral’s events programme.