The Penguin Book Of First World War Poetry

Paperback | May 11, 2007

byMatthew VariousIntroduction byGeorge WalterEditorMatthew Walter

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Unrivaled in its range and intensity, the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers. This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through the war, bringing together the words of poets, soldiers, and civilians affected by the conflict. Here are famous verses by Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wilfred Owen; poetry by women writing from the home front; and the anonymous lyrics of soldiers' songs. Arranged thematically, the selections take the reader through the war's stages, from conscription to its aftermath, and offer a blend of voices that is both unique and profoundly moving.

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Unrivaled in its range and intensity, the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers. This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through the war, bringing together the words of poets, soldiers, and civilians affected by the conflict. Here are famous verses by Rupert Brooke,...

Dr. George Walter is a lecturer in English at Sussex University. His research interests are 20th-century literature; madness and creativity; constructions of Englishness; the cultural impact of the First World War. He has edited editions of the poet Ivor Gurney's work for Everyman and Fyfield Books. He lives in Lewes, Sussex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 1 inPublished:May 11, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141181907

ISBN - 13:9780141181905

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Table of Contents

The Penguin Book of First World War PoetryIntroduction
Acknowledgements
A Note on the Text

Prelude

I. Your Country Needs You

'Let the foul Scene proceed'
'Who's for the khaki suit'
In Training

2. Somewhere In France

In Trenches
Behind the Lines
Comrades of War

3. Action

Rendezvous with Death
Battle
Aftermath

4. Blighty

Going Back
The Other War
Lucky Blighters

5. Peace

Everyone Sang
The Dead and the Living
'Have you forgotten yet?'

Coda

Notes
A Glossary of the Western Front
Biographies
Further Reading
Poem Acknowledgements
Index of Titles and First Lines