Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Denton: Lost Generation: World War I Poetry - Lecture and Reception

February 23, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

This exhibit explores the work of many "soldier poets," from World War I, whose aesthetically rich and haunting verse often sits uncomfortably alongside popular ballads, songs and toasts that attempt to sustain, or gently mock, the romanticized ideals of heroic self-sacrifice for the nation's glory. In between these opposed perspectives we find responses to the war, both critical and laudatory, from poets who did not enlist, including women on the home front and those in active service as nurses. To set these perspectives in context, we include sections on visual images of war, particularly photography and poets' responses to this documentary technology, and retrospective collections that advocate for peace in the aftermath of the Great War and on the eve of World War II.

The exhibit can be viewed any time during our regular hours:
9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday
January 15 - May 11, 2017
Willis Library Room 437

The online exhibit can also be viewed any time at

Dr. John Peters, one of the curators of this exhibit, will present a lecture describing the effects of the war on England and Europe, as well as discussing a few of the poems featured in the exhibit.

The lecture will be held:
February 23, 2017
UNT Willis Library Room 140
4pm - 5pm

A reception and exhibit viewing will follow:
February 23, 2017
UNT Willis Library Room 437
5pm - 7pm
Refreshments will be served.

We recommend visitors to campus park in either the Highland Avenue or Union Circle parking garages. A campus map can be viewed at


  • University of North Texas Willis Library
  • 1506 Highland St
  • Denton, Texas
  • 76203



  • Free