Merseyside at War 1914-1918 Project – Poetry Readings

Merseyside at War 1914-18 – The War Poetry of the ‘Great War’

On 30th November 2013 a poetry event was held in the Stanton Fuller Lecture Theatre, LJMU Avril Robarts Library, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool. Introduced by Lord David Alton, Director of LJMU Foundation for Citizenship.

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Followed by an introduction to the Merseyside at War project by Professor Frank McDonough. At 11am a two minutes’ silence was held, followed by readings from War Poetry of the ‘Great War’.

The readings can be played and downloaded below. To download, right-click on the title of the reading and select ‘Save Target As…’


Anthem for Doomed Youth – Wilfred Owen

Read by Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool


Dulce et Decorum est – Wilfred Owen

Read by Pete Wylie


Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight – Vachel Lindsay

Read by Dr Edward Harcourt


I Have a Rendezvous with Death – Alan Seeger

Read by Dr Edward Harcourt


The Breasts of Tiresias (prologue excerpt) – Guillaume Apollinaire

Read by Nick Birkinshaw


Aftermath – Siegfried Sassoon

Read by Dr Sonny Kandola


An Irish Airman Forsees His Death – WB Yeats

Read by Dr Gerry Smyth


Dreamers – Siegfried Sassoon

Read by Professor Joe Moran


I Looked Up From My Writing – Thomas Hardy

Read by Professor Joe Moran


The Soldiers’ Cairn – Mary Symon

Read by Professor Glenda Norquay

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