John McCrae & Wilfred Owen In World War I, possibly the most horrific modern war, two soldier poets put down their thoughts in poetry telling us much about wars and the people who fight them. This is a wonderful production with a very timely subject.
John Keats, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, W. B. Yeats, Thomas Hardy, Percy Shelley, John Milton, Wilfred Owen & Kahlil Gilbran The finest voices reading a wonderful selection of poetry accompanied by selected classical music. Includes: Sonnet XVIII - 'Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day' by William Shakespeare'To Autumn' by John Keats 'Looking-Glass River' by Robert Louis Stevenson 'When Icicles Hang by the Walls' by William Shakespeare 'In Death Divided' by Thomas Hardy 'Lines Written in Early Spring' by William Wordsworth 'Speak to Us of Love' by Kahlil Gilbran 'The Wild Swans at Coole' by W.B.Yeats 'The Nocturnall' by John Donne 'L'Allegro' by John Milton 'Eskimo Love Song' 'To a Skylark' by Percy Shelley'Spring Offensive' by Wilfred Owen 'The Souls of the Slain' by Thomas Hardy
Wilfred Owen That it required a horrible war to motivate Wilfred Owen to write some of the 20th century's best poetry is symbolic of that great calamity. In a vivid, languorous, mesmerizing style, Owen has left humanity the language of loss.
When the Great War broke out in 1914, Owen, along with millions of his compatriots, were drawn into the maw of the world's first mechanized war. The savagery and appalling loss of life would change humanity forever. And it was in the poetry of Wilfred Owen that these changes first became manifest.
Owen was born in 1893 in Shropshire. He was engaged in teaching up until the outbreak of World War I and joined the army as a private in 1915. He was killed in action on November the 4th, 1919 while leading his men across the Sambre Canal...seven days before the armistice ending the war. His promotion to Lieutenant had just been approved. Back in Owen's home town a week later, the church bells began pealing to announce the armistice at the precise moment his mother received the news of his death.
Included in this recording are his other poems and fragments, constituting his entire poetic output.
Wilfred Owen No poet is more closely identified with the First World War than Wilfred Owen. His striking body of work, grim to the point of brutality yet, at the same time, majestic and awe-inspiring, defines the war for us. It is in each of these famous poems that Owen reflects on the four terrible months that he lived through; he conveys the experience of war, the death, the destruction and the filth, through a unique poetic language and a bold artistic vision.
Wilfred Owen The narrator pledges to donate 50% of his proceeds to The Royal British Legion Poppy Day Appeal - please support. Wilfred Owen’s famous poem was written in 1917 during World War I. Dulce et Decorum Est describes the horrors of the front lines and the gruesome effect of a gas attack. It is a rebuke to those that would glorify war. The title, taken from Horace, can be translated as “It is sweet and glorious to die for one’s country”. A powerful piece. Those who glorify war should listen to this, and those who send young men to war also before they sign the order. A masterful performance by Phillip J. Mather.
Wilfred Owen Poems was published in 1920. The poems of that work are included here and are as follows: Strange Meeting; Greater Love; Apologia pro Poemate Meo; The Show; Mental Cases; Parable of the Old Man and the Young; Arms and the Boy; Anthem for Doomed Youth; The Send-Off; Insensibility; Dulce et Decorum Est; The Sentry; The Dead-Beat; Exposure; Spring Offensive; The Chances; S.I.W.; Futility; Smile, Smile, Smile; Conscious; A Terre; Disabled. With warm thanks to the Trustees of The Owen Estate for permission to record the 1920 poems using the texts from the definitive work, Complete Poems and Fragments (1983) by Professor Jon Stallworthy. It is read by Greg Wagland.
Wilfred Owen, Sigfried Sassoon & Rudyard Kipling Seventeen iconic poems from World War One, including: Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Deorum Est"; "In Flanders Fields" by John McRae; "Counter Attack" by Siegfried Sassoon; Rupert Brook's "The Soldier"; and many more that bring the horrors of the Great War vividly to life through the eyes of those living them.