McFarlin is proud to host a reading of World War I poems by British poets Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wilfred Owen on Thursday, November 15 at 7pm in the Ann and Jack Graves Faculty Study.
On Thursday, November 15th at 7pm, the McFarlin Library will host a poetry reading of World War I poems by British poets Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wilfred Owen.
This event will be held in the Ann and Jack Graves Faculty study of the library and is open to the public. This marks the forth event in a series that highlights poets whose papers or other materials are held by the University of Tulsa’s Special Collections department.
Robert von Ranke Graves (1895-1985) was an English poet, scholar, translator, author who specialized in Classical Greece and Rome. He served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during the Great War and was one of the first of the war poets to write about the realities of the front line conflict. He was close friends with both Sassoon and Owen. Special Collections holds a collection of his papers collected by Ellsworth Mason.
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1965) was an English poet and author who is considered by many to the premier war poet of the Great War. He was an officer in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Special Collections holds a collection of his papers and other materials gathered by Len Weaver, and an unprocessed collection of his papers in the Rupert Hart Davis archive.
Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (1893-1918) was an English poet and one of the leading poets of the war. He served in the 2d Manchesters, and was killed on 1 October 1918, a month before the end of the war. Special Collections has his printed material, as well as some items in the Richard Ellmann papers.
This reading is being put together by R. M. and Ida McFarlin Dean of the Library, Adrian Alexander, who had the vision to initiate the McFarlin Library Poetry Series. For questions about the event, feel free to contact Special Collections at Speccoll@gmail.com.