New Laurence Binyon poetry collection to launch at Imperial War Museum

An evening discussing First World War poetry will be held at the Imperial War Museum later this month, featuring leading British actor Edward Fox who will read and discuss his favourite works from the time.

Posted: 30 March 2016

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The horrors and injuries to soldiers in the First World War had a significant effect on the poet Laurence Binyon, whose work will be discussed by Professor Paul O'Prey at the Imperial War Museum.

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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