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The Life and Times of Wilfred Owen (lecture)
Free public lecture at Gresham College. Available as video, audio and transcript
The Great War' shaped the 20th century, led directly to the Second World War, and continues to fascinate and intrigue successive generations. But why did so much poetry derive from it, unlike successive conflicts? This talk, aimed at students of English literature in Sixth Forms, as well as the general public, will attempt to address this question, focussing on major writers such as Owen, Sassoon and Brookes as well as less well known, but significant, figures such as Ivor Gurney, Charles Sorley and Hulian Grenfell, placing them in their social and economic, as well as historical, contexts.
Recorded Wednesday, 12 November 2003,
Barnard’s Inn Hall