In Defiance

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Review of exhibition 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', Imperial War Museum, London

I am making this statement as a wilful defiance of military authority... I have seen and endured the suffering of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust.' Siegfried Sassoon's rejection of the First World War is one of many moving tributes to soldier poets killed in that conflict in the Imperial War Museum's 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' exhibition. Running from 31 October to 27 April 2003, the installation contains poems and exhibits from 12 of the conflict's best poets, including Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen and Sassoon. Entry costs £5 or £4 concessions.