Women’s Poetry and Literature of the First World War.

Wednesday 17 November 2021


Ash Percival-Borley

The First World War is synonymous with the soldier poets and the trench lyric. The visceral and eternal words of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Robert Graves dominates the literary narrative of war, yet their female counterparts are often forgotten. Little is known of the agony of waiting, loneliness, anticipation, fevered imaginings, guilt, anger and love that permeates throughout the poems of nurses, mothers and wives experiencing the war from the home but also the nightmarish dressing stations at the front too. This talk will rediscover the writing of these women poets and highlight an ever present but often forgotten facet of war: the suffering of those left behind.