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Published on Nov 13, 2009
Leading British folk musicians Coope Boyes & Simpson provide the music in their unique and moving acapella style with the song "Only Remembered", as we view aspects of the unique exhibition by the University of Oxford's First World War Poetry Digital Archive in the immersive 3D virtual world of Second Life. The exhibition simulates aspects of life in the trenches on the Western Front during the 1914-1918 war and presents work by the "War Poets" of the period.
As visitors explore the simulation, they can listen to the voices of veterans recounting their experiences of the war, view original film footage and photographs from the time, and learn about life on the Western Front, encountering some of the most powerful poetry in English literature by seeing the original manuscripts, turning the pages of the poets' war diaries and letters, and listening to readings.
The song - originally a Horatius Bonar / Ira Sankey hymn from the 19th century, arranged by John Tams - also appears in the play "War Horse", adapted by Nick Stafford from the book by Michael Morpurgo.