The War Poets [DVD]
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Brian Blessed narrates this account of war poetry throughout the ages to WWI. Oxford professor Jon Stallworthy provides a critique of the works cited, whilst archive footage and specially commissioned images combine to bring the poems to life.
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Jim Clark aka poetryanimations at youtube where you can see all the major war poets reincarnated and reading their most famous poems plus hundreds of other great poets
Within the space fof an hour, the amount of ground covered is immense and yet it doesn't feel as if you are skimmed lightly over the surface. The stark reality of earliest war poetry written by Anglo Saxons and Welsh poets and bards moves forwards into the eras of romanticism and jingoism when poetry about war lost touch with warfield reality in favour of national fervour and misplaced ideals and distortions of historical valour and knightly prowess. Prof Stallworthy clearly explains why and how it was that the emergence in WWI of poetry by soldiers rather than officers spread before world increasingly brutal, but beautifully crafted, images of war and the lives of soldiers in the field.
I'm not a massive fan of Brian Blessed when he goes into hyperdrive, but all credit to him here, as his performances only rage when appropriate. He uses his voice and acting skills to perfection. His final reading of 'Dulce et decorum est' is shattering.
So - if you only want to look at poetry written during WWI, then maybe this isn't the DVD for you. But if you want poetry of that age and war set into a historical contrast, I heartily recommend this brilliant DVD.
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I found this a very useful overview of British war poets and poetry, the WW1 poetry taking up the last 20 odd minutes. johnPublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by M. Johnson
Having searched through the vast list of available DVDs on the War Poets I thought I'd at last found the right one when I read the Amazon description of "The War Poets" narrated by... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2011 by P. WILLIAMS
Horrible product. It will not play at all on any DVD player. This is the second time I have purchased this product but from two different stores. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2010 by roberdeau