World War I Poetry in England | Lecture 7 | Modern Poetry | Open Yale Courses

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A lecture delivered by Professor Langdon Hammer for the Yale Colleg course ‘Modern Poetry surveying a sample of English poetry of World War I. War rhetoric and propaganda are examined and challenged in Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “Strange Meeting.” The relationship between home front and battle front is explored in Thomas Hardy’s “Channel Firing,” “In the Time of ‘the Breaking of Nations,'” and “I Looked up From My Writing”; Edward Thomas’s “Adlestrop”; and Siegfried Sassoon’s “‘Blighters.'” Isaac Rosenberg’s “Louse Hunting” is discussed as a poem of ordinary experience in the trenches.

Chapters consist of:

  1. Wilfred Owen Poem: “Dulce et Decorum Est” [00:00:00]
  2. Thomas Hardy Poem: “Channel Firing” [00:15:39]
  3. Thomas Hardy Poem: “In the Time of ‘the Breaking of Nations” [00:23:44]
  4. Thomas Hardy Poem: “I Looked Up From My Writing” [00:26:24]
  5. Edward Thomas Poem: “Adlestrop” [00:29:10]
  6. Siegfried Sassoon Poem: “Blighters’” [00:38:21]
  7. Isaac Rosenberg Poem: “Louse Hunting” [00:41:09]
  8. Wilfred Owen Poem: “Strange Meeting” [00:48:10

Audio and a transcript is also available, as is a lecture handout.

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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