Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology

Paperback | July 15, 2014

EditorTim Kendall

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'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?'The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent, from poets whose words commemorate the conflict as enduringly as monuments in stone. Their poems have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and aftermath of war. This new anthology provides a definitiverecord 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 trenchsongs provide a further lyrical perspective on the War. The work of each poet is prefaced with a biographical account that sets the poems in their historical context. In addition, Tim Kendall's introduction charts the history of the war poets' reception and challenges prevailing myths about their progress from idealism to bitterness. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?'The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent, from poets whose words commemorate the conflict as enduringly as monuments in stone. Their poems have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and aftermath of war. This new anthology provides a d...

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), The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (ed.) (OUP, 2007), and The Art of Robert Frost (Yale UP, 2012). He is...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198703201

ISBN - 13:9780198703204

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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)A. E. Housman (1859-1936)May Sinclair (1863-1946)W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)Charlotte Mew (1869-1928)Robert Service (1874-1958)Edward Thomas (1878-1917)Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878-1962)Mary Borden (1886-1968)Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)Julian Grenfell (1888-1915)T. P. Cameron Wilson (1888-1918)Patrick Shaw Stewart (1888-1917)Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918)Arthur Graeme West (1891-1917)Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)Margaret Postgate Cole (1893-1980)May Wedderburn Cannan (1893-1973)Charles Sorley (1895-1915)Robert Graves (1895-1985)David Jones (1895-1974)Edmund Blunden (1896-1974)Edgell Rickword (1898-1982)Music Hall and Trench Songs

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