VE Day: young poets respond to WWII poets

But the balm that comes with the spring.
Remembering, remembering.
See – the cusp of the sky
We’ll climb over it like glass.

from ‘Half-Halb’ by Katharina Dixon-Ward

8 May 2020 marks 75 years since the end of war in Europe. To commemorate the day, we will be sharing on Twitter a number of winning poems from the Timothy Corsellis Prize.

The prize, which ran from 2014 to 2019, challenged poets worldwide aged 25 and younger to respond to a selection of powerful but lesser-known poets of the Second World War, including Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed, Anna Akhmatova, Gertrud Kolmar, Günter Eich, Miklós Radnóti and Timothy Corsellis.

Find out more about these poets of World War Two, and read fresh responses by young people worldwide here. Teachers can access teaching resources associated with poetry of the Second World War here.

7 May 2020