The First World War had a dramatic impact on every aspect of life, including the artistic landscape of each country that was involved in the conflict. So many promising young poets, writers, musicians, and artists were conscripted into the Army and fought on the front lines. As a result, many artists in the prime of their careers were lost in the violence. Equally, those who did survive were forever changed by the experience of warfare. Their depictions of life in the trenches, written in verse, prose, splashed across the canvas or drawn out of an instrument, gave the general public a vivid picture of the horrors and sometimes haunting beauty of the fighting.
|Rudyard Kipling, famed author of The Jungle Book, contributed a poem to Overseas entitled 'A Song of the English'|
|Likewise, Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne, contributed an article entitled 'Blighty' which spoke of soldiers' longing for home while serving at the Front.|
|In the latest edition of Overseas, Abi Millar looks at the way in which the work of poet Siegfried Sassoon and painter Paul Nash were influenced by their experiences of war. Image credit: IWM|
|Stephen Johns, Artistic Director of the Royal College of Music, also contributed an article to the latest issue which focuses on the gifted generation of composers at the RCM lost or whose work was affected by their experiences at the Front.|
|in 1917, a ROSL member, a Canadian mother, contributes a verse which describes the loss of her son.|
A South African member recalls their walk along the Mall in London after Armistice, which showed Britain display the spoils of victory.