Survivors Songs: From Maldon to the Somme by Jon StallworthySurvivors Songs: From Maldon to the Somme by Jon Stallworthy

Survivors Songs: From Maldon to the Somme

byJon Stallworthy

Paperback | November 24, 2008

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From Homer to Heaney, the voices of men and women have seldom been more piercing, more poignant, than in time of conflict. For fifty years, Jon Stallworthy has been attuned to such voices. In Survivors' Songs he explores a series of poetic encounters with war, with essays on Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and others. Beautifully written, this moving book sets the poetry and prose of the First World War and its aftermath in the wider context of writing about warfare from prehistoric Troy to Anglo-Saxon England; from Agincourt to Flanders; from El Alamein to Vietnam; from the wars of yesterday to the wars of tomorrow.
Jon Stallworthy was born on January 18, 1935 in London, England. He served as second lieutenant in the Nigeria Regiment of the West African Frontier Force in the mid-1950s. After completing his national service, he studied English literature at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he won the Newdigate Prize for his poem The Earth...
Title:Survivors Songs: From Maldon to the SommeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:November 24, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521727898

ISBN - 13:9780521727891

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Table of Contents

1. The death of the hero; 2. Survivors' songs; 3. England's epic?; 4. Who was Rupert Brooke?; 5. Christ and the soldier; 6. Owen's afterlife; 7. Owen and his editors; 8. The legacy of the Somme; 9. The iconography of the waste land; 10. War and peace; 11. The fire from heaven; 12. Henry Reed and the great good place; 13. The fury and the mire; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Stallworthy's book comes highly recommended,...The book has the tenor of a series of advanced ongoing literary essays...There is much of value here for both the general and specialist reader."
-MAJ Jeffrey Alfier, USAF, Retired, Tuscan, Arizona