Visit the Western Front with us and see how the first-hand accounts, whether in poetry or prose, add another dimension to the story of events of the Great War.
The Great War has been referred to as a very ‘literary’ war. Just as today’s soldiers use the internet and produce blogs, so the soldiers of the Great War felt a need to leave a record of what they were living through. They sent home not just letters, but also diaries and poems. The writing was of varying standards: from the simple verse produced by a soldier to the finely-crafted offerings from those who would later become known as the ‘War Poets’: Owen, Sassoon, Blunden, Rosenberg and others.
Our tour is not an academic study of works of literature. Instead it sets the poems and writings into context by taking you to locations on the Western Front where the authors, some known but others less well-known, experienced the events that would form the basis of their writings. The poets covered include, in alphabetical order: Asquith, Binyon, Blunden, Brittain, Brooke, Gibson, Graves, Halliday, Herbert, Hodgson, Leighton, Owen, Rickward, Rosenberg, Seeger, Sassoon, Sorley, Vernede, and Winterbotham.
We will provide an anthology of the poems and extracts to be covered as well as background notes on the places we visit.
Your guide: Captain Chris Church