The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Paperback | March 10, 2009

EditorTim Kendall

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Thirty-seven chapters, written by leading literary critics from across the world, describe the latest thinking about twentieth-century war poetry. The book maps both the uniqueness of each war and the continuities between poets of different wars, while the interconnections between theliteratures of war and peacetime, and between combatant and civilian poets, are fully considered. The focus is on Britain and Ireland, but links are drawn with the poetry of the United States and continental Europe.The Oxford Handbook feeds a growing interest in war poetry and offers, in toto, a definitive survey of the terrain. It is intended for a broad audience, made up of specialists and also graduates and undergraduates, and is an essential resource for both scholars of particular poets and for thoseinterested in wider debates about modern poetry. This scholarly and readable assessment of the field will provide an important point of reference for decades to come.

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Thirty-seven chapters, written by leading literary critics from across the world, describe the latest thinking about twentieth-century war poetry. The book maps both the uniqueness of each war and the continuities between poets of different wars, while the interconnections between theliteratures of war and peacetime, and between combat...

Tim Kendall is Professor of English at the University of Exeter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:March 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Tim Kendall: IntroductionBeginnings1. Matthew Bevis: Fighting Talk: Victorian War Poetry2. Ralph Pite: Graver Things, Braver Things: Hardy's Martial Zest3. Daniel Karlin: From Dark Defile to Gethsemane: Rudyard Kipling's War PoetryThe Great War4. Santanu Das: First World War Poetry and the Realm of the Senses5. Stacy Gillis: Many Sisters to Many Brothers: Woman Poets of the Great War6. Mark Rawlinson: Wilfred Owen7. John Lee: Shakespeare and the Great War8. David Goldie: Was there a Scottish War Literature? Scotland, Poetry, and the First World War9. Vivien Noakes: War Poetry, or the Poetry of War? Isaac Rosenberg, David Jones, Ivor Gurney10. Vincent Sherry: The Great War and Modernist Poetry in England11. Fran Brearton: A War of Friendship: Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon12. Marjorie Perloff: 'Easter, 1916': Yeats's World War I PoemEntre Deux Guerres13. Stan Smith: 'What the dawn will bring to light': Credulity and Commitment in the Ideological Construction of 'Spain'14. Rainer Emig: Unwriting the Good Fight: Auden's 'Spain' and its Contexts15. John Lyon: War, Politics and Disappearing Poetry: Auden, Yeats, EmpsonThe Second World War16. Dawn Bellamy: 'Others have come before you': the Influence of the Great War on Second World War Poets17. Roderick Watson: Death's Proletariat: Scottish Poets of the Second World War18. Gerwyn Wiliams: New Territory: Alun Llywelyn-Williams and Welsh Poetry of the Second World War19. Helen Goethals: The Muse that Failed: Poetry and Patriotism during the Second World War20. Peter McDonald: 'Since Munich, What?': Louis MacNeice's Poetry of the Second World War21. Geoffrey Hill: Sidney Keyes in Historical PerspectiveContinuities in Modern War Poetry22. Hugh Haughton: Anthologizing War23. Simon Featherstone: Mina Loy and E. J. Scovell: Defining Women's War Poetry24. Edna Longley: War Pastorals, 1914-200425. Sarah Cole: The Poetry of Pain26. Peter Robinson: 'Down in the terraces between the targets': Civilians27. Cornelia D. J. Pearsall: Complicate Me When I'm Dead: The War Remains of Keith Douglas and Ted Hughes28. Tara Christie: 'For Isaac Rosenberg': Geoffrey Hill, Michael Longley, Cathal O'Searcaigh29. Jon Stallworthy: The Fury and the Mire'Post-war' poetry30. Gareth Reeves: 'This is plenty. This is more than enough': Poetry and the Memory of the Second World War31. Claire M. Tylee: British Holocaust Poetry: Songs of Experience32. Alan Marshall: Quiet Americans: Responses to War in some British and American Poets of the 1960s33. Adam Piette: Pointing to East and West: British Cold War Poetry34. David Wheatley: iDichtung und Wahrheit/i: Contemporary War and the Non-Combatant PoetNorthern Ireland35. Paul Volsik: Constructing and Deconstructing the Epic - Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry36. Brendan Corcoran: 'Stalled in the Pre-Articulate': Heaney, Poetry, and War37. April Warman: Unavowed Engagement: Paul Muldoon as War PoetNotes on Contributors

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"For once I have to agree with the publisher's claim that this Handbook 'is an essential resource for both scholars of particular poets and forthose interested in wider debates about modern poetry.' I should add that it provides much of value to the non-academic also." --David Page, Kipling Journal