Midland, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Art, music, and poetry has lived through endless history and even in the history of war. Midland college held a few presentations on how art- music- and poetry had an impact on World War I.
Millions of soldiers fought on the battlefield in World War I, and many turned to music, poetry, and art for comfort in the middle of terror.
“1920’s we had jazz and that spurred on rapidly by the war,” says Michael Jordan, professor of voice and music at Midland College. “As people basically began to come together, they hear the freedom of jazz music.”
Many used shell casings, ammunition boxes, anything that they could find on the battlefield to make music.
“Soldiers at the front used anything and everything that they could to make music,” Jordan says. “Trench warfare is pretty boring, so hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer utter terror.”
Music, art, and poetry, each of these tell a story, the good and bad that happened in the history of our country.
“These people were eyewitnesses to history, and they recorded it in poetry,” Chris Brown, an associate professor of technical writing & English at Midland College, says. “So it’s a major part of the reason why their experiences are something that we can kind of read in an accessible way.”
Friday, there will be another presentation focusing on women who witnessed the war and put their perspectives into poetry music and even art.