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"Dona Nobis Pacem": The Ironic Message of Peace in Britten's War Requiem

Justin C. Tackett, University of Pennsylvania

Division: Humanities

Dept/Program: English

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): Amy Kaplan

Date of this Version: 01 December 2006

This document has been peer reviewed.

 

This essay was awarded the Dosoretz Family Prize for 2007.

Abstract

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, first performed in 1962 at the dedication of the newly rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, juxtaposes the poetry of Wilfred Owen and the traditional requiem mass. This essay investigates the relationship between these two bodies of work and the manner in which Britten uses irony to memorialize the fallen of World Wars I and II.

Suggested Citation

Tackett, Justin C., ""Dona Nobis Pacem": The Ironic Message of Peace in Britten's War Requiem" 01 December 2006. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania, http://repository.upenn.edu/curej/72.

Date Posted: 26 October 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.

 

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