Talk in English: World War I Poets

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 May 2019 > What's On

Why did the First World War inspire so many participants to write poetry? And what effect does the work of poets like Wilfred Owen, Vera Brittain, Siegfried Sassoon or Rupert Brooke have on our vision of that war today? Author Simon Davies will address these questions in a public talk at the British Council Paris on 6 June.

SN_war_poets_intSimon Davies is the author of The Hell Where Youth and Laughter Went: Poetry of the First World War. The Head of Language Teaching at the Ecole Centrale Lille, he has lived for many years surrounded by the battlefields of WWI that inspired so many of the poems he will discuss.

This is one of a regular series organised by the British Council, called Talks in English. Either by British Council teachers or invited authors, they are entirely in English (no surtitles or simultaneous translation). They’re free and cover a great range of topics and speakers. Plus, there are drinks and nibbles at the end, and a chance to talk to the speaker.

Even if you can’t make it along to a talk, you can catch up online, as the British Council publishes videos after the events, such as this chat with author Sebastian Faulks.

SN_logo_shine_brightYou'll find poems by Wilfred Owen, Vera Brittain, Roland Leighton and Rudyard Kipling in  Shine Bright 1ère Advanced File 2: "War will Not Tear Us Apart", a sequence for Spécialité LLCE on the effect of WWI on human relationships.


Talks in English: The Soldier Poets of the First World War
Thursday, 6 June, 7 p.m.
British Council
9 rue de Constantine
75007 Paris

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