British Soldier Poets of World War I with Dr. Mark Schenker
Thursday November 8, 2018
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
The First World War in Literature: British Soldier Poets with Dr. Mark Schenker
With the centenary of the original Armistice Day—11 November 1918 —arriving this fall, Mark Schenker of Yale College will visit our library on 8 November to discuss poems written by British soldiers of WWI. The Great War, as it was often called, claimed more than nine million lives and changed forever the political and cultural landscapes of the Western World.
A handout of more than a dozen poems by five poets—Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon, and Edward Thomas—will be available at the Library's Circulation Desk from September 1st onwards. That three of these five men were killed in action during the War adds a poignancy to their poetry, poetry that helped to usher in the modernism that defined so much of the early 20th century.
Copies of the poems to be discussed are available at the Circulation Desk.
This program is part of the town-wide Remembering World War I series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of Word War I. The series is co-sponsored by the Library, Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Historical Association, American Legion, Graveyard Restoration Committee, Marine Corps League, Daughters of the American Revolution and Ridgefield Playhouse. This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.
Location: Main Program Room
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