The “True Poets” of the First World War - a national and international perspective - a lecture by writer David Roberts (editor of The War Poetry Website and three anthologies of First World War poetry). It was Wilfred Owen who said, "All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true poets must be truthful." For most people their understanding of the First World War is shaped more by the poetry of the war rather than the history. With some justification modern historians have resented and criticised the poets both for taking over their role as interpreters of history and for presenting a narrow and misleading view of the war. Who were the "true poets" of the First World War? What was the truth they revealed? Are they to be trusted as the true interpreters of the experience of the First World War? What may be the truths that we should understand and keep in our minds about the Great War of a century ago?
Artist/speaker: David Roberts
David Roberts is the editor of The War Poetry Website which has over three quarters of a million visitors each year. He is also the editor of three anthologies of First World War poetry. Minds at War, The Poetry and Experience of the First World War and Out in the Dark, Poetry of the First World War have each been reprinted seven times. We Are the Dead, Poems and Paintings from the Great War is an international collection of poetry with full colour illustrations which was published last year by the Red Horse Press.