COSHOCTON — Jeremy Glazier, associate professor of English at Ohio Dominican University, will present "Anthem for Doomed Youth: Great Poetry from the Great War" at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, 200 N. Whitewoman Street in Coshocton.
Admission is $4 for adults while students and friends of the museum are admitted free of charge.
The First World War produced some of the most memorable and enduring poetry of the 20th century.
From the early, exuberant verses of Rupert Brooke -- full of youthful patriotism and optimism -- to the later, more cynical poetry of Siegfried Sassoon, Rudyard Kipling, Wilfred Owen and others who lived to see the war drag on and the death toll rise, this program will highlight key authors and quintessential themes.
Professor Glazier will be sharing the most important touchstones for understanding these significant expressions of humanity in the grip of the most devastating conflict the world had ever seen.
"Anthem for Doomed Youth: Great Poetry from the Great War" will be an unforgettable evening as participants explore notable poetry from the Great War.
The program will take place in the museum’s special exhibit gallery where an exhibit of over 150 WWI posters will be on display. The posters, printed between 1915 and 1919, represent the propaganda efforts of the United States, Britain, France and Germany.
They cover a variety of topics ranging from enlistment, conservation and government loans to troop entertainment.
Posters were designed to entice citizens young and old alike to join the war effort, appealing to their emotional nature with beautiful illustrations, simple art or printed words or harsh, nightmarish depictions of the enemy. Each poster was so finely crafted that many prints of the era were preserved as pieces of art, surviving a century.
Jeremy Glazier is a poet, essayist, and two-time recipient of the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award in Criticism.
A 1993 graduate of Ridgewood High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Wittenberg University and his master of fine arts at Columbia University. He is associate professor of English at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, where he teaches courses on Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Chaucer—as well as a course in the literature of World War I.
Glazier has written for Chicago Review and the Los Angeles Review of Books and his poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Antioch Review and many other journals. His poem "In the Age of Monsanto, Virgil Reconsiders the Conundrum of the Bees" was selected for inclusion in New Poetry from the Midwest 2016.
This program is being offered in collaboration with the Coshocton County Library, along with two other special events highlighting the Museum’s WWI Poster Exhibit.
On Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m., the Coshocton Library will host an adult book discussion of "All Quiet of the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque.
On Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m., Mike Faulk, curator of the WWI Poster Exhibit, will give a talk in the special exhibits gallery touching upon artists, printing techniques, need for the posters and events that occurred during the war.