To mark Remembrance Day on 11th November, our Secondary English teacher, Alison S-L has produced a video about the importance of the WW1 War Poets and what they tell us about history.

” War Poetry” is a literary genre that developed during the period of the First World War.

The war poets were mostly young men who volunteered or were conscripted to fight in the trenches of the Western Front. The war poets wrote their poetry to raise the question of either life or death; National pride or own existence; duty or guilt; courage or cowardness.

The war poets or Trench poets are also sometimes known as “Anti-war poets” because the soldier poets do not show war’s gravity but war’s futility.

They witnessed the horrors of modern warfare, such as gas attacks, shell shock, machine guns, barbed wire, mud, and rats. They also experienced the boredom, futility, and disillusionment of life in the trenches. Some of them died in battle, while others survived with physical and psychological scars.

Please watch Alison’s video by clicking below: 

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