A poetic virtual immersion in the "Great War"

Back in the Jurassic period of my college days, I took a modern British poetry class, as part of my English major. In addition to getting well-acquainted with W.B. Yeats (which influenced my last name selection when I registered for Second Life), we spent several weeks with Up the Line to Death: The War Poets 1914-18 – an excellent anthology of the British war poets. It was an eye-opener for me, since my knowledge of that war was mostly non-existant – a combination of short shrift in high school history class, no relatives who served, and the limited impact it had on the U.S. compared with World War II.

The opportunity to visit, and film, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive sim before its public opening today was an opportunity to re-connect with that earlier academic exposure.  The sim, Frideswide (named for the patron saint of the University of Oxford, home to the digital archive), is a build that truly takes advantage of what’s possible in an immersive virtual space – and I suspect will be riveting for a good many who wouldn’t even dream of cracking a book of poetry.

Here’s the machinima – a SLurl is below:

Plan to visit – and plan to spend some time listening as well as looking. CSteph Submariner, the organizer and prime builder, gets special praise for his use of audio as an integral element of this build. Link to Frideswide – the WW1 poetry sim.  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Frideswide/219/199/646/

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