Monday, November 9, 2009

First World War Poetry Archive

Some of you have met Stuart Lee and will be happy to read about the continued success of his First World War Poetry Archive at Oxford University, which was announced yesterday in the arts section of the New York Times. Siegfried Sassoon's manuscripts will come on line on Wednesday, 11 November, still called Armistice Day in England. The project includes similar collections of the work of Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Vera Brittain. The WWI Poetry Archive also includes the digitized Great War Archive, which collected and digitized over 65,000 items from members of the public, now in Second Life, also represented on YouTube with selected interviews and appropriate graphics. Even if you don't find yourselves teaching in the period, the manuscripts provide an excellent chance for your students to see poetry in process, as well as an excellent example of designing, building, and maintaining digitized literary materials.

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