The Oxford Book of War Poetry

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Jon Stallworthy
Oxford University Press, 2008 - Literary Collections - 358 pages
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There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. The 250 poems included in this acclaimed anthology span centuries of human conflict from David's lament for Saul and Jonathan, and Homer's Iliad, to the finest poems of the First and Second World Wars, and beyond. Reflecting the feelings of poets as diverse as Byron, Hardy, Owen, Sassoon, and Heaney, they reveal a great shift in social awareness fromman's early celebratory `war-songs' to the more recent `anti-war' attitudes of poets responding to `man's inhumanity to man' - and to women and children.

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User Review  - Dayna Smith - Goodreads

An epic collection of war poetry from all eras by a wide range of poets. It is arranged in chronological order and has a selection of footnotes to explain the various battles referred to in the poems. A magnificent collection of poetry, every poetry lover should own this anthology. Read full review

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User Review  - Louise Dunlap - Goodreads

A horrible and beautiful read all at once. Such as one poem's description about the ghastly, deadly affects of mustard gas. Read full review

About the author (2008)


Jon Stallworthy is Professor of English Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of eight collections of poetry; works of criticism, and biographer of Wilfred Owen. He was an editor at OUP from 1959 to 1977.

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