Past exhibitions

Stephen Raw: A Darkling Plain | 11-Jan-05 to 27-Mar-05

Words from Matthew Arnold's 'Dover Beach' give the exhibition its title. They are a reminder of a long tradition of poets who have seen through the rhetoric of glory to the reality of the chaotic brutality of war. The popularity of World War I poetry has sometimes obscured the diversity of poetic voices that have been raised against war, in anger and grief, through the ages.

The earliest poet in the exhibition is a Psalmist: the most recent, Carol Ann Duffy. Anne Finch, Charlotte Smith, John Scott of Amwell, Robert Minhinnick and Denise Levertov are among the many poets whose powerful words are recreated in Stephen Raw's paintings.

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