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A century with poets of World War One

St Andrews

On Saturday October 20 in St Andrew’s Parish Centre from 10am till noon Robin Acland leads a talk and discussion on the poets of World War One.

All interested are very welcome. No booking is required.

The cost will be £2 at the door to cover room hire.

The supremely high regard in which “The War Poets” are held today has not been a constant across the years. This session, planned jointly by Penrith Remembers and Penrith and North Lakes U3A, will trace the changes in response to the poetry over the century. The influence of unfolding world events and, later on, the impact of major popular histories, theatre performances and television programmes all shaped attitudes significantly. Striking poetry has been written about WW1 too. Some examples will be included.

“Never such innocence, never before or since,” wrote poet Philip Larkin in 1964, looking at a photo of enthusiastic young men enlisting.

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