The poetry of the First World War has been one of that conflict’s most enduring and contested legacies. This international conference has been convened 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, so appealing and yet still so controversial.
The debate about the historical and literary impact of the war poets will be a central theme of the Conference. Another special feature will be the invitation to individual First World War Poets’ associations to participate by contributing speakers and arranging events and displays of archive material and publications.
The conference will include lectures, panel sessions, chaired discussions, exhibitions and recitals, all taking place in the magnificent setting of Wadham College, within easy walking distance of the historic centre of the University. Delegates will have the option of staying in the College or making their own arrangements.
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