Poetry Under Attack: the First World War writing of Graves, Owen and Sassoon
In June 1917 the soldier-poet Siegfried Sassoon, already a battle-hardened and decorated officer, famously circulated a deeply provocative declaration that he would take no further part in what he saw as a no-longer-justifiable war. In July that year his fellow poet and friend Robert Graves was instrumental in ensuring that instead of being court-martialled Sassoon was sent to Craiglockhart Military Hospital near Edinburgh for a period of four months. In August Sassoon met Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart for first time, and in mid-October Graves visited and met Owen for himself. Without this chance encounter at a hospital for shell-shocked soldiers literary history
might have been very different.
This lecture explores the friendship and writing of three of our most important soldier poets from the First World War; Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, and Siegfried Sassoon
Dr Charles Mundye is Head of Academic Development in the Department of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University. He is the editor of Keidrych Rhys, The Van Pool: Collected Poems (Seren, 2012), and has written widely on twentieth century literature. His edition of Robert Graves's War Poems is forthcoming (Seren, 2016). He is President of the Robert Graves Society, and a Fellow of the English Association.
Refreshments served from 18:00-18:30. The lecture will begin at 18:30 prompt.