Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology

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Tim Kendall
Oxford University Press, Oct 10, 2013 - History - 312 pages
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The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent, poets whose words commemorate the conflict more personally and as enduringly as monuments in stone. Lines such as 'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?' and 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old' have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and aftermath of war. This new anthology provides a definitive record of the achievements of the Great War poets. As well as offering generous selections from the celebrated soldier-poets, including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, and Ivor Gurney, it also incorporates less well-known writing by civilian and women poets. Music hall and trench songs provide a further lyrical perspective on the War. A general introduction charts the history of the war poets' reception and challenges prevailing myths about the war poets' progress from idealism to bitterness. The work of each poet is prefaced with a biographical account that sets the poems in their historical context. Although the War has now passed out of living memory, its haunting of our language and culture has not been exorcised. Its poetry survives because it continues to speak to and about us.
  

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Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology

User Review  - Edwin B. Burgess, Margaret Heilbrun - Book Verdict

No war produced such poetry as this one did. Wilfred Owen volunteered early and was killed a week before the armistice. Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Rupert Brooke wrote poetry that endures, but there were many others, including music-hall and trench poets. A must for all collections. Read full review

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Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries, AE Houseman (out of copyright) These, in the day when heaven was falling, The hour when earth's foundations fled, Followed their mercenary calling And took their ... Read full review

Contents

THOMAS HARDY 18401928
3
A E HOUSMAN 18591936
14
MAY SINCLAIR 18631946
16
W B YEATS 18651939
21
RUDYARD KIPLING 18651936
23
LAURENCE BINYON 18691943
43
CHARLOTTE MEW 18691928
45
ROBERT SERVICE 18741958
48
IVOR GURNEY 18901937
118
ISAAC ROSENBERG 18901918
135
ARTHUR GRAEME WEST 18911917
145
WILFRED OWEN 18931918
150
MARGARET POSTGATE COLE 18931980
175
MAY WEDDERBURN CANNAN 18931973
178
CHARLES SORLEY 18951915
186
ROBERT GRAVES 18951985
192

EDWARD THOMAS 18781917
54
WILFRID GIBSON 18781962
63
MARY BORDEN 18861968
75
SIEGFRIED SASSOON 18861967
85
RUPERT BROOKE 18871915
102
JULIAN GRENFELL 18881915
108
T P CAMERON WILSON 18881918
112
PATRICK SHAW STEWART 18881917
116
DAVID JONES 18951974
200
EDMUND BLUNDEN 18961974
207
EDGELL RICKWORD 18981982
216
MUSICHALL AND TRENCH SONGS
221
Explanatory Notes
233
Acknowledgements
301
Index of Titles and First Lines
303
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Tim Kendall has taught at the universities of Oxford, Newcastle, and Bristol before becoming Professor and Head of English at the University of Exeter. His publications include Modern English War Poetry (OUP, 2006), and The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (ed.) (OUP, 2007), and he is writing the VSI on War Poetry (forthcoming, 2014). He is also co-editor of the Complete Literary Works of Ivor Gurney, (forthcoming, OUP).

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