26 November 2014

Dr Jane Potter discusses Wilfred Owen’s poetry for WWI anniversary on BBC Radio 2

Dr Jane Potter, Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes, was chosen to share her views on Wilfred Owen, a renowned First World War poet. In November, Dr Potter featured on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show to discuss two of Owen’s poems.

The segment of the show was part of the commemoration of the hundred-year anniversaryof the start of WW1. The two poems, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, are written from Owen’s perspective and personal experiences of the war and its aftermath. Both poems show the harsh reality of war and, especially ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’, speak out against the patriotism used to convince people to enlist.

During the show, Vine and Dr Potter discussed why Owen’s poems are still famous and continue to be studied. They also discussed what life in the trenches was like, and how Owen’s experiences would have affected him.

Dr Potter has written several texts on Owen, including Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life, and has previously discussed his poetry at conferences. She recently talked about Owen’s poems at the Rochdale Literary Festival’s Manchester Salon sponsored Writers and War discussion.