Poetry

Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen was killed in action on 4 November 1918 during the crossing of the Sambre–Oise Canal, exactly one week (almost to the hour) before the signing of the Armistice which ended the war. He was 25. His mother received the telegram informing her of his death on Armistice Day, as the church bells in Shrewsbury were ringing out… Continue reading Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen

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Books, Review

Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

“Il ne se passe toujours rien au front belge.” Shortly before his death in 1981, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather gave him a couple of filled exercise books. Stories he’d heard as a child had led Hertmans to suspect that their contents might be disturbing, and for years he didn’t dare to open them. When he finally… Continue reading Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****