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Poetry from the
French Trenches of WWI

Angela France

In 2009, Angela France graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing. As part of her degree, Angela wrote a thesis called 'Poetry from the French Trenches of World War One'. She was aided by John Checketts, who did the literal translations and the French language poetry readings.

Angela gives the background as to how poetry was written and published in the trenches under appalling conditions. She discusses the difficulties associated with translating French language poetry into English, and reads her interpretation of poems written by ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances.

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Poetry from the French Trenches of WWI (CD quality)
15/02/10. Duration: 25 minutes

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