This exhibit explores the work of many "soldier poets," from World War I, whose aesthetically rich and haunting verse often sits uncomfortably alongside popular ballads, songs and toasts that attempt to sustain, or gently mock, the romanticized ideals of heroic self-sacrifice for the nation's glory. In between these opposed perspectives we find responses to the war, both critical and laudatory, from poets who did not enlist, including women on the home front and those in active service as nurses. To set these perspectives in context, we include sections on visual images of war, particularly photography and poets' responses to this documentary technology, and retrospective collections that advocate for peace in the aftermath of the Great War and on the eve of World War II.
The exhibit can be viewed any time during our regular hours:
9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday
January 17 - May 11, 2017
Willis Library Room 437
The exhibit can also be viewed any time through The Lost Generation: World War I Poetry online exhibit.