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The First World War in Poetry (audio CD)

Publisher:
British Library Publishing
ISBN:
9780712351355
Bibliographic Details:
CD with booklet, running time: approximately 70 minutes
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£10.00
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‘ …I am not concerned with Poetry.
My subject is War, and the pity of War.
The Poetry is in the pity.
Yet these elegies are to this
generation in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next. All a poet
can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful.’

Wilfred Owen

A century on, the poets of the First World War remain justly famous as the chroniclers of their time. This spoken word CD marks the centenary by telling the story of the war in the words of poets young and old. Hear the early patriotic optimism of John Galsworthy and Robert Bridges. Set out to war in the company of Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen. Learn of the premonitions at home from W B Yeats and Thomas Hardy. The readings feature many prestigious poets, including Laurence Binyon, G K Chesterton, Ford Madox Ford, A E Housman, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Nesbit and Isaac Rosenberg.

About the narrator
Rory Kinnear is one of Britain’s leading actors. Equally successful in theatre, film and television, he has worked for the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has appeared in various notable film and television series.

Listen to extracts from tracks
John McCrae - In Flanders Field
Rudyard Kipling – My Boy Jack
W B Yeats - An Irish Airman Foresees

Track listing
THE MOTHERLAND
1. Rupert Brooke, The Soldier
2. John Galsworthy, England to Free Men
3. Edward Thomas, This is No Case of Petty Right or Wrong
4. Ivor Gurney, Strange Service
GOING TO WAR
5. Robert Bridges, Wake Up, England
6. Wilfred Owen, The Send-Off
7. Siegfried Sassoon, They
THE POET IN WAR
8. Edith Nesbit, To Her: In Time of War
9. W B Yeats, On Being Asked fora War Poem
10. Thomas Hardy, I Looked Up From My Writing
11. Ivor Gurney, To The Poet Before Battle
BEFORE ACTION
12. William Noel Hodgson, Before Action
13. Robert Graves, Big Words
14. W B Yeats, An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
BACK AT HOME
15. Edward Thomas, As the Team’s Head-Brass
16. John Galsworthy, Picardy
17. Thomas Hardy, A New Year’s Eve in War-time
THE HEAT OF BATTLE
18. Robert Nichols, The Assault
19. Siegfried Sassoon, The Rear-guard
20. Wilfred Owen, Dulce et decorum est
A PAUSE IN THE BATTLE
21. Isaac Rosenberg, Returning, We Hear the Larks
22. Ford Madox Ford, Clair De Lune
23. Joseph Lee, The Half-hour’s Furlough
24. Siegfried Sassoon, Repression of War Experience
INJURED IN BATTLE
25. Robert Graves, Escape
26. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Guards Come Through
27. Wilfred Owen, Disabled
GHOSTS OF WAR
28. Charles Hamilton Sorley, The Army of Death
29. Isaac Rosenberg, Dead Man’s Dump
30. Wilfred Owen, Strange Meeting
IN MEMORIAM
31. Rupert Brooke, The Dead
32. Robert Graves, Goliath and David
(For D.C.T., killed at Fricourt, March 1916)
33. Rudyard Kipling, My Boy Jack
LIFE AFTER WAR
34. Rose Macaulay, Peace: June 28th, 1919
35. Max Plowman, When It's Over
36. Rudyard Kipling, Justice
EPITAPH
37. G K Chesterton, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
38. John MacRae, In Flanders Fields
39. Laurence Binyon, For the Fallen

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