First World War poetry recalls the horrors

It's Remembrance Sunday this weekend of course, when we pay tribute to those who died at war. The outbreak of the First World War is now nearly a hundred years ago, but we have a valuable record of the conflict in the poetry of the day.

The War Poets recorded the terror, the fear and the truth of life and death in the trenches - and a new book of their poems has just been compiled by a professor at the University of Exeter.

Illustration of troops on the march Credit: ITV News West Country

What we think of the First World War as having been comes to us in large measure from war poetry, rather than from the history books. We read Wilfred Owen, we read Siegfried Sassoon very often in our early teens at school and they shape our understanding of what the war was like so in that respect you can see that war poetry is rather political. It's actually determined the way that we remember the First World War.

Exeter University's Head of English Professor Tim Kendall has produced a new anthology of First World War poetry as we approach the centenary of the outbreak of war - a definitive record of the work of these writers, who captured on paper what they saw as the real truth.

Image of a First World War soldier Credit: ITV News West Country

You can watch Bob Cruwys' report here: