The First World War in Poetry (audio CD)
‘ …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 OwenA 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 narratorRory 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