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Wed 17 Sep 2014, 6:30pm–7:45pm

Where: Bay of Plenty Polytechnic - Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Road, Tauranga, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

‘The Monstrous Anger of the Guns': Poetry, Protest, and World War I

Overview: In ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ Wilfred Owen evokes the horror of the World War I trenches in which the ‘monstrous anger of the guns’ are the constant reality. This talk explores how English poets such as Owen, and his Canadian, Australian and New Zealand contemporaries, praise the courage of soldiers, nurses, and doctors, but increasingly protest against the cost of war.

Speaker: Dr Kirstine Moffat is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Waikato where her research and publications focus primarily on nineteenth and early twentieth century New Zealand settlement writing and culture.

This lecture is the first in this eight-part Tauranga public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of WW1. The series is brought to you by the University of Waikato, in collaboration with the Tauranga Historical Society. Each weekly presentation focuses on delivering a unique New Zealand perspective of the First World War: the voices of our soldiers, from the battles and the trenches, to their legacy of literature; the diaries, the images and the poetry that remain.

The entire series, which runs weekly from Wednesday 17 September to Wednesday 5 November, will be presented at the Tauranga Bongard Centre (lecture theatre 104), 200 Cameron Road. Each weekly presentation starts at 6.30pm. Registration is essential to ensure adequate seating. Please RSVP here: or phone (07) 5775376 for inquiries or a free booklet.

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