"It is often said that truth is the first casualty of war. Can war poems represent truth and, if so, of what kind? Do they lead to insights into the past or do they distort our understanding of what actually occurred? Did war poetry gain in power and value because it could be written by the lower classes and ordinary people, without fear of condescension or censorship? Can war poems have universal validity or are they inevitably reflections of attitudes, values, and concerns of the specific conflicts which created them?"
- 14:00-15:30, 13th October
- Level G Studio, Barbican, EC2Y 8BN
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