W.D. Ehrhart says

Scholars and politicians, journalists and generals may argue, write and re-write ‘the facts.’  But when a poem is written, it becomes a singular entity with an inextinguishable and unalterable life of its own.  It is a true reflection of the feelings and perceptions it records, and as such, it is as valuable a document as  Continue Reading »

Added: April 16, 2015

Forty years on

There is a distinguished body of writings by American veterans detailing the boredom and horror of combat as well as post-war traumas within a country that shunned the returning veterans. Some veterans returned to Vietnam and have written prose and poetry detailing their experiences. […] A growing body of translated works by Vietnamese now joins  Continue Reading »

Added: March 12, 2015

Winning Hearts and Minds 50 Years On – Jan Barry

Fifty years ago, I turned 20 in Saigon, a very drunk and slap happy soldier in the service of the US Military Assistance Command Vietnam. We were making war, when we weren’t doing Happy Hours in every bar from Soc Trang to Da Nang. O, we were so damn clever and full of ourselves. Nowadays,  Continue Reading »

Added: March 3, 2015

War Poems on the Underground

The autumn 2014 set of poems on the Underground commemorates the centenary of the First World War and wil be on display in London Underground cars from 6 October to 30 November 2014. There are poems by English, French, Italian and Austrian poets which, written during the heat of war service, stress themes of brotherhood  Continue Reading »

Added: October 15, 2014

This day in the First World War

We’re trying to post something about what was happening every day to the poets and writers of the First World War. You can follow what is happening by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook. Or you can see the latest tweets on this page. Here’s what we’ve noticed over the past few  Continue Reading »

Added: May 13, 2014

British Poetry of the First World War

Wadham College, Oxford, 5-7 September 2014 This international conference has been convened by the English Association to enable all those with a serious academic or non-specialist interest in war poetry to come together at the start of the Great War Centenary to listen to leading speakers and to exchange views about this body of literature,  Continue Reading »

Added: April 1, 2014

Discover the poets

1 April 1915: Edward Thomas writes ‘Wind and Mist’ 1 April 1918: death of Isaac Rosenberg 30 March 1917: Edward Thomas writes to Eleanor Farjeon: Subalterns are told nothing but I happen to know what is intended, only not what difference this rain may make. 29 March 1917: Ivor Gurney writes to Marion Scott: It  Continue Reading »

Added: March 16, 2014

Literary event 2014

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Added: March 16, 2014