Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War

Paperback | March 28, 2013

byElizabeth Vandiver

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Elizabeth Vandiver examines the ways in which British poets of the First World War used classical literature, culture, and history as a source of images, ideas, and even phrases for their own poetry. Vandiver argues that classics was a crucial source for writers from a wide variety ofbackgrounds, from working-class poets to those educated in public schools, and for a wide variety of political positions and viewpoints. Poets used references to classics both to support and to oppose the war from its beginning all the way to the Armistice and after. By exploring the importance ofclassics in the poetry of the First World War, Vandiver offers a new perspective on that poetry and on the history of classics in British culture.

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Elizabeth Vandiver examines the ways in which British poets of the First World War used classical literature, culture, and history as a source of images, ideas, and even phrases for their own poetry. Vandiver argues that classics was a crucial source for writers from a wide variety ofbackgrounds, from working-class poets to those educa...

Elizabeth Vandiver is the Clement Biddle Penrose Associate Professor of Latin and Classics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:476 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199679320

ISBN - 13:9780199679324

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Education, Class, and Classics1. 'Sed Miles, Sed Pro Patria': Classics and Public School Culture2. 'Like the Roman in Brave Days of Old': Middle- and Working-Class ClassicsII. Representing War3. 'The Riches of a Spartan Soul': Duty, Honour, Glory, and Sacrifice4. 'The Heroes Stir in their Lone Beds': The Second Trojan WarIII. Death and Remembrance5. 'Yet Many a Better One Has Died Before': Deaths Imagined6. 'Their Doom Was Glorious': Commemoration and RemembranceConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"The wealth of Vandiver's material is admirable. The study includes numerous relatively unknown poets and makes available hitherto unpublished material." --Claudia Olk, Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik