UN envoys record WWI poems for 100th anniversary

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Associated Press

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 5:01 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. ambassadors from 14 countries whose soldiers fought in World War I have recorded poems about the conflict written by their best-known poets.

Britain's U.N. Mission opened the exhibition Monday at U.N. headquarters to coincide with the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and Britain's entry into the war. It includes posters of the poets and their poems, and a code that can be scanned with smart phones to hear the ambassadors from the onetime warring countries reading their works.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power read Alan Seeger's "I Have a Rendezvous With Death." German Ambassador Harald Braun read George Trakl's "Grodele" and Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, whose grandfather was an artilleryman in the war, read Nikolay Gumilev's "Assault."

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