Siegfried Sassoon and Charles Hamilton Sorley: Two Unlikely Rebels
Tuesday 6 November 2018, 6pm - 7:30pm
Member's Common Room - 6th floor
Siegfried Sassoon and Charles Hamilton Sorley were the two greatest rebels among the First World War soldier-poets, protesting strongly against that war whilst at the same time writing some of the most moving poetry to emerge from it. Yet neither fits the mould of rebel, both being well brought-up young men from middle-class families, educated at the same school, Marlborough, members of the same Officers' Training Corps and enlisting in the Army at the start.They are probably the most historically significant poets of the Great War. Sorley was certainly unique in realizing from the very beginning the nightmarish implications of the war, whilst it took the experience of the trenches themselves to convert Sassoon from his initially heroic vision of the fighting.
The London Library Philosophy Group
Every second Wednesday of the month
6th Floor Members' Room
The group is open to all members, from complete beginners to those who are well read in the subject. All that is asked is that members are willing to join in the discussion and should have read the text that is being discussed which will be circulated in advance of each meeting.
Members will receive further details about the group, and a reading and resources list which relates to the topic being discussed at the end of each meeting.
Free to members. Numbers are limited to 15 members each meeting.