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'The War Poems of Robert Graves'

Tom Palaima (Classics)

Fri, September 7, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Robert Graves, a well-trained classicist, wrote many poems, essays, historical novels, and studies of mythology including his famous The White Goddess.  Graves thought of himself chiefly as a poet.  Yet he was always ambivalent about his ‘war poetry’ and even made successful efforts to suppress it.  What were the peculiar qualities of Graves’ poems about war and their classical antecedents?  One key is the distance Graves intentionally put between what other soldiers and he experienced during World War I and the themes of individual poems.


Tom Palaima is the Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics and Director of the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory.  The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and three Fulbright awards, he has lectured widely and has long been a regular contributor to the Austin American-Statesman and the Times Higher Education.





Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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