Edmund Blundens Undertones of War

Hardcover | November 22, 2015

EditorJohn Greening

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Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) was one of the youngest of the war poets, enlisting straight from school to find himself in some of the Western Front's most notorious hot-spots. His prose memoir, written in a rich, allusive vein, full of anecdote and human interest, is unique for its quietauthority and for the potency of its dream-like narrative. Once we accept the archaic conventions and catch the tone - which can be by turns horrifying or hilarious - Undertones of War gradually reveals itself as a masterpiece. It is clear why it has remained in print since it first appeared in1928.This new edition not only offers the original unrevised version of the prose narrative, written at white heat when Blunden was teaching in Japan and had no access to his notes, but provides a great deal of supplementary material never before gathered together. Blunden's "Preliminary" expresses thelifelong compulsion he felt "to go over the ground again" and for half a century he prepared new prefaces, added annotations. All those prefaces and a wide selection of his commentaries are included here - marginalia from friends' first editions, remarks in letters, extracts from later essays, and asubstantial part of his war diary. John Greening has provided a scholarly introduction discussing the bibliographical and historical background, and brings his poet's eye to a much expanded (and more representative) selection of Blunden's war poetry. For the first time we can see the poet Blundenas the major figure he was. Blunden had always hoped for a properly illustrated edition of the work, and kept a folder full of possible pictures. The editor, with the Blunden family's help, has selected some of the best of them to include in this new edition.

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Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) was one of the youngest of the war poets, enlisting straight from school to find himself in some of the Western Front's most notorious hot-spots. His prose memoir, written in a rich, allusive vein, full of anecdote and human interest, is unique for its quietauthority and for the potency of its dream-like narr...

John Greening studied at the Universities of Swansea, Exeter, and Mannheim. After working for Hans Keller at BBC Radio 3, he went to Upper Egypt to teach English with VSO. He has been a school-teacher ever since and lives with his wife in Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire. Since 1982, he has published over a dozen collections of poetry, most r...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pagesPublished:November 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198716613

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Introduction and Textual HistoryChronologyPreliminaryUndertones of War1. The Path without Primroses2. Trench Education3. The Cherry Orchard4. The Sudden Depths5. Contrasts6. Specimens of the War of Attrition7. Steel Helmets for All8. The Calm9. The Storm10. A Home from Home11. Very Secret12. Caesar went into Winter Quarters13. The Impossible Happens14. An Ypres Christmas15. Theatre of War16. A German Performance17. Departures18. Domesticities19. The Spring Passes20. Like Samson in his Wrath21. The Crash of Pillars22. Backwaters23. The Cataract24. 1917 in Fading Light25. Coming of Age26. School, Not at Wittenberg27. My LuckA Supplement of Poetical Interpretations and VariationsA House in FestubertThe Guard s MistakeTwo VoicesIllusionsEscapePreparations for VictoryCome On, My Lucky LadsAt Senlis OnceThe Zonnebeke RoadTrench Raid near HoogeConcert Party: BusseboomRural EconomyE.W.T.: On the Death of his BettyBattalion in RestVlamertinghe: Passing the Chateau, July, 1917Third YpresPillboxThe WelcomeGouzeaucourt: The Deceitful CalmThe ProphetII Peter ii,22RecognitionLa Quinque RueThe Ancre at Hamel: Afterwards Trench NomenclatureA.G.A.V.Their Very MemoryOn Reading that the Rebuilding of Ypres approached CompletionAnother Journey from Bethune to CuinchyFlanders: NowReturn of the NativeThe WatchersNOTES to Undertones and the Supplement of Poetical Interpretations and VariationsA FURTHER SUPPLEMENT OF POEMS (2014) compiled by the editor, with notesThe Festubert ShrineFestubert: the Old German LineIn FestubertThiepval WoodTransport Up at YpresLes Halles d YpresClear WeatherTrees on the Calais RoadMont de CasselClare s GhostMalefactors1916 seen from 1921A Farm Near ZillebeekeThe AftermathThe Midnight SkatersAn InfantrymanInaccessibility in the BattlefieldWarning to TroopsReport on ExperienceInto the SalientPremature RejoicingWinter StarsThe Memorial 1914 1918The Branch Line Can You Remember?On a Picture by DurerIn May 1916: Near Richebourg St VaastFarm Behind Battle ZoneCompany Commander, 1917ExorcizedThe Halted BattalionAncre Sunshine1917 DIARY