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"Date: 3 April 2014 - 5 April 2014

The poetry of the First World War is some of the most important and influential work of the twentieth century shaping our attitudes to war, and still having enormous cultural resonances as witnessed by the national debate surrounding the commemoration of 1914 one hundred years on.

However the poetry also brings into question so many 'truths' that it is appropriate that in 2014 we revisit this important body of work in a new light. Whilst poets like Sassoon, Owen, Graves, Rosenberg, and Gurney warrant detailed focus, alongside this 'canon' we should also turn attention to the women poets from the period, as well as Irish and "Empire" poets - questioning the notion of a corpus of purely British literature from 1914-18.

This is the second spring school run by Oxford University's English Faculty. The School is open to (and aimed at) members of the public, and particularly at those who have read some WW1 poetry but are now seeking a deeper critical appreciation. It will bring together world-leading experts in the topic, each invited to give an introductory lecture guiding the attendees to further avenues of study. Speakers will be encouraged to put together reading lists and follow-up exercises for students to do after each lecture on their own.

Speakers confirmed so far include: Adrian Barlow, Meg Crane, Guy Cuthbertson, Gerald Dawe, Simon Featherstone, Philip Lancaster, Stuart Lee, Jean Liddiard, Alisa Miller, Charles Mundye, Jane Potter, Mark Rawlinson, Jon Stallworthy.

Further details to follow but for all queries contact: [email protected] please include in the subject line 'WW1 Poetry Spring School'.

This School will be an excellent preparation for those who are considering attending the English Association's Conference on the War Poets later in 2014 - ... ation/ww1poetry/ww1poetry