Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Roads Classic: Your World War One Poetry Library

Your World War I Poetry Library
Recommended by Professor David Beer, PhD

To enhance one's remembrance experience, there is nothing like reading some of the great verse created by those who served in the war or who were trying to understand it better.  Regular Roads contributor, David Beer, PhD, has made a lifetime study of the Great War's poetry.  For the September 2013 issue of our sister publication, Over the Top magazine, he contributed a full issue on some of the forgotten poets of the war, which also included his recommendations for experiencing the full range of  the poetry of the war.  Here is the full list, which he presents in a recommended reading sequence.


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  3. For anyone in the SF Bay area, there is a free meeting on Saturday August 13 at 10AM at San Jose State U on American poets of World War 1. Location: Room 255 Martin Luther King Library. Dr. Karen English will talk about Joyce Kilmer, Alan Seeger, Mary Borden, Lucian B. Watkins, and John Peale Bishop, all of whom served in the war. (Date corrected from prior post)