We thought we knew a bit about the poets of the First World War. At The Priory, Stoke by Nayland on September 14th, Suffolk Poetry Society member Vivien Whelpton, who has written a number of publications on the subject and conducts battlefield tours on the Western Front, showed her audience just how much more there is to learn.
In her thought-provoking talk, Vivien championed the role of poetry in helping us understand the history of the First World War. Her choice of poems by two writers from the ranks, Isaac Rosenberg and Ivor Gurney, provided a new perspective on the time. We were also given fine readings of these poets’ work by members of the Woodbridge Poetry Group.