Students, Faculty, Staff, and the Public Are Invited
The Plight of Humanity Lecture Series--Clemson University--Spring 2003

Images of War and Peace:
Global Poetic Perspectives
February 18, 2003, 5:30-7 p.m., 364 Sirrine Hall

Presentation by and conversation with Art Young, Campbell Professor of English and Engineering, and Donna Reiss, Associate Professor of English, Tidewater Community College, Virginia


We shall die on the battlefield
We shall like death at no other place,
Our guns shall die with us
And our sharp knives shall perish with us
We shall die on the battlefield.

- G. Awoonor-Williams (Ghana, b. 1935)


Image of soldier writing home from his billet
by unknown photographer-
Wilfred Owen Multimedia Digital Archive

image: soldier writing - from Wilfred Owens Archive

Power of Poetry After September 11, 2001

In the weeks since the terrorist attacks, people have been consoling themselves - and one another - with poetry in an almost unprecedented way. Almost immediately after the event, improvised memorials often conceived around poems sprang up all over the city, in store windows, at bus stops, in Washington Square Park, Brooklyn Heights and elsewhere. And poems flew through cyberspace across the country in e-mails from friend to friend.

- Dinitia Smith. "The Eerily Intimate Power of Poetry to Console." New York Times 1 October 2001.

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developed by D. Reiss February 2003