The Danish module explored how the terrible anticipation and horror of WWI was registered in the collective psyche of Europe in terms of its literary production. Specifically, it traced how the war’s impact could be seen in the drastic change in tone from the early nationalistic sentiments of Rupert Brooke through to the bitter satire of heroic ideals in the poetry of Owen and Sassoon.
The poetic sequence wound up with Yeats’ prophetic, ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’, a poem which hovers between the meaningless war that was then almost done and the fated war which was to come.
In practice, the students prepared for the module by designing logos, analyzing poems, and created interviews, letters and postcards empathizing with the worldview of the various poets, before they got together for the main event: In one week only, and with three intensive crash courses in acting, directing and improvising from trained professionals, the students would form mixed nation groups to create small experimental plays which would bring to life one of the chosen WWI poems. We are very proud of the results, and hope you find their performances inspiring.
Interpreting poems from the pre-war and post-war period:
1. Brooke-- The Soldier Analysis
2. Brooke--Dialogue_Between_Rupurt_And_Lycurgus (Joseph)
3. Sassoon--Glory of Women-- contents and themes (Signe)
4. Owen--Postcard from Horace to Owen (Victoria)
5. Owen--Postcard from Sassoon to Owen (Victoria)
6. Yeats--Poem Commentry on W.B.Yeats 'Irish Airman' (Joseph)
7. Yeats--An Irish Airman Foresees His Death 1919--line by line. (Matt)
8. Owen--Dulce Et Decorum Est-- German soldier finds Owen's diary (Laura & Nicole)
9. Owen--Dulce Et Decorum Est from the perspective of an English student (Signe)
10. Owen--Dulce Et Decorum Est--Persepctive of a High Ranking Officer(Joseph)
11. Brainstorm ideas for dramatising 1WW poems
Designing a logo for Transforming Europe in Denmark:
Tee-shirt Logo --Ikast Brande Gymnasium
Transforming Europe Slide
Dramatising WWI: six poems—six plays: