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Mr Fox will be joined by Roehampton’s Vice-Chancellor, Paul O’Prey, an expert on the poetry of the war. Professor O’Prey is the editor of First World War: Poems from the Front, which was published in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of the hostilities.
During the evening, Mr Fox, most famous for appearing in The Day of the Jackal and Edward and Mrs Simpson will deliberate over poems by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Mary Borden, Edward Thomas and others
Professor O’Prey will also launch his latest book, Poems of Two Wars by Laurence Binyon, a collection of the poet's writing. Binyon is recognised as the author of the verse in his poem For The Fallen, which is read during remembrance services every year on 11 November.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Laurence Binyon (10 August 1869 – 10 March 1943) was an English poet, dramatist and art scholar. Although he was too old to enlist in the war, he volunteered at a British hospital for French soldiers and was greatly moved by the opening of the Great War and the high number of casualties. He is among the poets commemorated on a slate stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner.
The Imperial War Museum event on Thursday 28 April costs £20 and is open to the public, staff and students who have an interested in war poetry, and the writers who penned some of the most poignant and remembered work of the 20th century.
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